P53
Educated youth in search of enlightenment in South Asia (and beyond)

Convenors:
Jonathan Spencer (University of Edinburgh)
Craig Jeffrey (Universtiy of Melbourne)
Chair:
David Gellner (Oxford)
Discussant:
Dennis Rodgers (Glasgow)
Location:
Quincentenary Building, Wadsworth Room
Start time:
22 June, 2014 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

What are the political and cultural consequences of the rise of "educated unemployed youth" in the different regions of South Asia, and what can South Asia contribute to a comparative understanding of "youth" as an anthropological problem?

Long abstract:

An increase in individuals' investment in schooling combined with a shortage of salaried jobs has created a crisis of educated unemployment in the global South, as in many richer countries. The widespread rise of the "educated unemployed youth" raises pressing questions about politics, social change, and the role of education in situations of economic uncertainty. The panel will bring together a series of ethnographic examinations of educated unemployed young people's political practices in different parts of South Asia - a region especially affected by youth joblessness. The panel will also provide an opportunity for anthropologists working in other regions - most notably Africa - to contribute to a comparative understanding of the political and cultural work of young people in search of enlightenment.