Choosing heaven: negotiating modernity in diverse social orders

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dc.description.abstract Situated within the topic of geographical contexts of knowledge production, this article interrogates the youth policies of Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania to understand how they articulate the concepts of 'tradition' and 'modernity' in planning for youth development in their national socio-cultural settings. The focus is on each country's approach to cultural transformation, in trying to divulge how the policymakers see the role of culture, both local and global, in young people's lives, and articulate this notion in the policies to produce a politically desired alternative to Western modernity. The article goes on to discuss the extent to which 'African modernity' constructs are set out in these policy documents as attempts to 'de-westernise' the concept. It recognises Ghana's approach as the most decolonial, for it distances the country's cultural transformation process from the perceived universality of Western values. The article suggests that modernity, as an 'imaginary pursuit', becomes powerful only when one chooses to imagine it in the first place. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Earthscan en
dc.subject TRADITION en
dc.subject GHANA en
dc.subject YOUTH en
dc.subject CULTURE en
dc.subject TRANSFORMATION en
dc.subject KENYA en
dc.subject TANZANIA en
dc.title Choosing heaven: negotiating modernity in diverse social orders en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.ProjectNumber QBBBBB en
dc.Volume 45(3) en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup African Institute of South Africa en
dc.SourceTitle Africa Development en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11866 en
dc.PageNumber 121-154 en
dc.outputnumber 11011 en
dc.bibliographictitle Bialostocka, O. (2020) Choosing heaven: negotiating modernity in diverse social orders. Africa Development. 45(3):121-154. en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Bialostocka, O. en

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