Special Issue Article
YOUNG ZAMBIANS ‘WAITING’ FOR OPPORTUNITIES AND ‘WORKING TOWARDS’ LIVING WELL: LIFECOURSE AND ASPIRATION IN YOUTH TRANSITIONS
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Special Issue: EADI-DSA Conference, 19–22 September 2011
Volume 24, Issue 6, pages 777–794, August 2012
How to Cite
Locke, C. and te Lintelo, D. J. H. (2012), YOUNG ZAMBIANS ‘WAITING’ FOR OPPORTUNITIES AND ‘WORKING TOWARDS’ LIVING WELL: LIFECOURSE AND ASPIRATION IN YOUTH TRANSITIONS. J. Int. Dev., 24: 777–794. doi: 10.1002/jid.2867
- Issue published online: 17 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 17 JUL 2012
- youth transitions;
- life course analysis;
- economic empowerment;
It has become increasingly difficult for young Zambians to construct youth-to-adult transitions that meet the normative expectations of coherent life trajectories towards being successful. We explore 60 young Zambians' experiences through qualitative life history interviews focusing on processes of economic (dis)empowerment. We focus closely on what these Zambian youth aspire to, their ‘models’ for life course achievement and how they position their own progress towards and prospects for ‘success’ in relation to their peers. In doing so, we contribute to understanding the importance of youth wellbeing in times of increasing uncertainty. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.