Between Afropolitans and new Sankaras. Class mobility and the reproduction of academics in Burkina Faso
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
 
ID 4248700
Author(s) Engeler, Michelle
Author(s) at UniBasel Engeler, Michelle
Year 2018
Title Between Afropolitans and new Sankaras. Class mobility and the reproduction of academics in Burkina Faso
Journal focaal. Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology
Volume 80
Number 80
Pages / Article-Number 77-90
Keywords Burkina Faso, Generations, Class, Mobility, Academics
Abstract Using the notion of Afropolitanism, which refers to highly mobile and well-connected “Africans of the world,” this article examines the relative privileges of university graduates within Burkina Faso across generational divides. Comparisons emerge between cohorts graduating in the 1970s and the 2010s. While graduates of the 1970s enjoyed access to a privileged status through their local university education and a related network of global cosmopolitan qualifications and credentials, contemporary students have only limited access to this route of class mobility. The frustration engendered by this helps to explain the shape of the uprising that ousted the president of Burkina Faso in 2014, as the diminishing access to Afropolitan identities pitches the younger generation of students into different emerging constellations of political mobilization.
Publisher Berghahn Books
ISSN/ISBN 0920-1297
edoc-URL https://edoc.unibas.ch/59380/
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.3167/fcl.2018.800106
ISI-Number WOS:000428161400006
Document type (ISI) Article
 
   

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