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Gender and Cultural Studies in Africa and the Diaspora
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West African Youth Challenges and Opportunity Pathways

Editors: McLean, Mora (Ed.)

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  • Challenges assumptions about African youth migration within, to, and from Western Africa
  • Explores the potential of training programs aimed at preparing youth with low levels of educational attainment for income-earning opportunities in non-traditional sectors of employment
  • Sheds light on how urban school districts in the United States would benefit from more research on the heterogeneity of Black student populations, given increasing numbers of youth from West African immigrant families
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This open-access edited collection, focusing on Ghana and Nigeria, offers a transatlantic, transnational exploration of barriers that threaten the wellbeing of West African youth—ranging from Black immigrant youth in the American city of Newark, New Jersey, to students in Almajiri Islamic schools in Northern Nigeria. Incorporating themes of migration, vulnerability, and agency and aspirations, the book conveys the resilience of African youth transitioning toward adulthood in a world of structural inequality. It thus crosses the academic divide between Youth Studies and African Studies, while challenging conventional framings of Black youth as deficient and deviant—positing instead their individual and collective creativity and assets. The contributors employ different methodological approaches, including field research and autoethnography, from varying multidisciplinary and practitioner perspectives.

About the authors

Mora L. McLean is a researcher, writer, part-time university lecturer, and President Emerita of the Africa-America Institute (AAI).  As a Senior Fellow with the Cornwall Center at Rutgers University-Newark, she was principal investigator for the Ford Foundation-supported 2017 Forum on West African Youth Learning and Opportunity Pathways.  Her published essays include “What about the reciprocity? Pan-Africanism and the promise of global development,” in M.O. Okome & O. Vaughan’s Transnational Africa and Globalization (Palgrave, 2012).


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-24

    McLean, Mora L.

  • Education for All: The Case of Out-of-School Migrants in Ghana

    Pages 27-52

    Kyereko, Daniel Owusu

  • Irregular Migration as Survival Strategy: Narratives from Youth in Urban Nigeria

    Pages 53-77

    Ikuteyijo, Lanre Olusegun

  • Untold Stories: Newark’s Burgeoning West African Population and the In-School Experiences of African Immigrant Youth

    Pages 79-100

    Simmons, Michael (et al.)

  • “To Become Somebody in the Future”: Exploring the Content of University Students’ Goals in Nigeria

    Pages 103-129

    Mac-Ikemenjima, Dabesaki

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-21092-2
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $31.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-21091-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
West African Youth Challenges and Opportunity Pathways
Editors
  • Mora McLean
Series Title
Gender and Cultural Studies in Africa and the Diaspora
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21092-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21092-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21091-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 271
Number of Illustrations
7 illustrations in colour
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