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The Waithood Phenomenon in Africa. Impacts and Sustainable Solutions

Term Paper 2016 10 Pages

Sociology - Age and Aging

Summary

Waithood (i.e. waiting for adulthood) is a multidimensional transition, which is more than just getting a job. It also involves other areas of lifelong access to learning opportunities, family formation, and civic participation. Young people in the dilemma of Waithood are incapable of becoming social adults and sadly many will never attain the economic autonomy that allows them to partake in the responsibilities that defines adulthood.

On the one hand, young people are no longer children in need of care, but on the other, they are still unable to become independent adults. While chronological age defines them as adults, socially they are not recognized as such. Rather than define youth on the basis of age categories (15-25 or 15-35 ), they are increasing being defined by social expectations and responsibilities .

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Pages
10
Year
2016
ISBN (Book)
9783668280069
File size
645 KB
Language
English
Catalog Number
v338294
Institution / College
University of Lagos
Grade
Tags
Waithood African Youths Waithood in Africa Henry Akwuebu Sustainable solutions to waithood

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