Defending illicit livelihoods: youth resistance in Harare's contested spaces

Kamete, A.Y. (2013) Defending illicit livelihoods: youth resistance in Harare's contested spaces. In: Hibbard, M., Freestone, R.R. and Sager, T.Ø. (eds.) Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning. Routledge: Abingdon, UK, pp. 43-69. ISBN 9780415680776

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Abstract

In response to incessant assaults by the Zimbabwean state's repressive apparatus, spearheaded by the urban planning system, youth in Harare have shifted their modes of resistance. The most successful forms of resistance appear to be those that are multifarious, non-confrontational and less docile. Empirical material from Harare suggests that the situation is best understood in the framework of more sophisticated conceptualizations of human agency and resistance than those proposed by modernist perspectives. It is shown that the resistance of the youth is about localized struggles that disrupt institutions and normalization. Arguing that the youth's continued occupation of contested urban spaces is a result of abandoning full-scale confrontation in favour of ‘resistance at the margins’, the article concludes that a postmodernist analysis best explains the youths' modes of resistance.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kamete, Dr Amin
Authors: Kamete, A.Y.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:9780415680776

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