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The Kenyan State, Youth and a Politics of Contestation: “Radicalization” or ” Criminalization”
8 December 2017 @ 14:30 - 16:00
The specter of “radicalized” or “criminal” youth has come to be a popular trope in Kenyan political discourse in recent years, reiterated by politicians, journalists and academics alike. This discourse, which presents youth as an inevitable security problem, evacuates the social category “youth” of its historical and politico-economic content, and has served to legitimize an array of state responses, many of them violent.
The round table will address issues relating to the following questions: What role, real and discursive, has the state historically played in incorporating or excluding youth as citizens within the national polity? To what extent has the state served to marginalize or criminalize certain (often spatial) sections of Kenya’s youthful populations and how have these efforts fared? How has the state’s relationship with youth varied depending on their gender, class, ethnicity, religion and geographical location? Finally, what are the implications of the state’s interventions for violence and political mobilization among youth in Kenya today and in the past?
Marie-EmanuellePommerolle – Director IFRA
Mwongela Kamencu, artist, historian and activist (BIEA)
Wangui Kimari (York University) and Jacob Rasmussen (Roskilde University).
The seminar is supported by:
Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA)
British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA)