Africa, Youth and Democracy
Africa is an island of youth—a Peter Pan’s Neverland—on an overall graying planet. This course explores the continent’s “youthfulness,” in particular south of the Sahara where four out of ten inhabitants are under age 15—twice as many as in the United States. In a part of the world where the “principle of seniority” traditionally coupled aging with the hoarding of knowledge, authority, wealth and power, what does the abundance of young people mean for Africa’s present and future, for its economy and popular culture, the transmission of norms and values, new digital lifestyles, war and peace? Special attention will be given to hypotheses linking youth and democratization. One course.