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'God will help me': Of hopes and uncertainties, tactics and futures among Kampalan A-level students
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates how A-level students (aged 17-26) in and around Kampala, Uganda, manage uncertainties in their present lives and futures. There are large discrepancies between international and national discourses on education, the students’ ambitious hopes and dreams, and the realities they witness. The research’s main source of data are 63 semi-structured interviews with high school students of various socio-economic backgrounds in four different schools. The thesis provides an analysis of the tactical agency the students display while negotiating with discourses, networks and steep competition. The main argument of the thesis is that uncertainty can be a productive force, and tactical agency necessary to navigate an African urban space at present.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 122 p.
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 60
Keyword [en]
education, future, African youth, urban, tactics, agency, uncertainty
National Category
Social Anthropology Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-276908OAI: diva2:903735
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2016-02-17 Created: 2016-02-16 Last updated: 2016-02-17Bibliographically approved

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