Youth-Led Social Movements and Peacebuilding in Africa (Routledge Studies in Peace) (Hardcover)

Youth-Led Social Movements and Peacebuilding in Africa (Routledge Studies in Peace) By Ibrahim Bangura (Editor) Cover Image
By Ibrahim Bangura (Editor)
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This book critically examines and analyses the active role played by youth-led social movements in pushing for change and promoting peacebuilding in Africa, and their long-term impacts on society. Africa's history is characterised by youth movements. The continent's youth populations played pivotal roles in the campaign against colonialism and, ever since independence, Africa's youth have been at the center of social mobilisation. Most recently, social media has contributed significantly to a further rise in youth-led social movements. However, the impact of youth voices is often marginalised by patriarchal and gerontocratic approaches to governance, denying them the place, voice, and recognition that they deserve. Drawing on empirical evidence from across the continent, this book analyses the drivers and long-term impacts of youth-led social movements on politics in African societies, especially in the area of peacebuilding. The book draws attention to the innovative ways in which young people continue to seek to re-engineer social space and challenge contexts that deny them their voice, place, recognition and identity. This book will be of interest to researchers across the fields of social movement studies, youth studies, peace and conflict studies, history, political sciences, social justice, and African studies.

The Open Access version of this book, available at http: //, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

About the Author

Ibrahim Bangura is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Director of Transition International Sierra Leone.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781032182377
ISBN-10: 1032182377
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: May 24th, 2022
Pages: 260
Language: English
Series: Routledge Studies in Peace