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Between town and country: Shifting identity and migrant youth in Uganda

Barratt, C and Mbonye, M and Seeley, J (2012) 'Between town and country: Shifting identity and migrant youth in Uganda.' Journal of Modern African Studies, 50 (2). 201 - 223. ISSN 0022-278X

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In Uganda, as in many other African countries, increasing numbers of 15-24 year olds are migrating to urban areas to look for work and educational opportunities. We explore the shifting sense of identity amongst youth migrants in Uganda as they struggle to reconcile the differences in social norms between the rural settings in which they are brought up and the urban environment in which they now live. The experience of migration significantly impacts on the transition from youths to adults by influencing their perception of their own identity as well as the expectations of society. Young people often hold conflicting views of their rural and urban experiences, suggesting that understanding rural and urban realities as distinct entities does not reflect the complex relationship, and possible confusion, of the migrant experience. In contrast to existing literature on migrant identities, which has tended to focus on the identity shift experienced by adult transnational migrants, this reveals the particular challenges faced by youth migrants whose adult self is not yet formed. © 2012 Cambridge University Press.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2014 14:31
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 18:15

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