n Africa Insight - Youth involvement in civil society in Cameroon since 1990 : democracy, governance and civic participation

Volume 37, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This article explores the ways in which young people have challenged their exclusion from formal socio-political processes in Cameroon. It contends that young people have created alternative sites of engagement through associational life where their anxieties, aspirations and imaginings of civic involvement are developed and articulated. Their involvement in civil society is analysed from the perspective of the positioned self, that is, as social actors whose abilities to act are dependent on different times and spaces. In other words, young people are acknowledged as conspicuous social actors imbued with agency, which is dependent on changing context and periods. The argument is also put forward that their involvement in civil society, structured as they are by shifting contexts, results in redefinitions of 'youth'.

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