Navigating adolescence and youth adulthood in Rwanda: Intersections of ethnicity, gender and age

McLean Hilker, Lyndsay C (2014) Navigating adolescence and youth adulthood in Rwanda: Intersections of ethnicity, gender and age. Children’s Geographies, 12 (3). pp. 354-368. ISSN 1473-3285

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Abstract

This paper explores intersections of ethnicity, gender and age in Rwanda during and following the 1994 genocide. It firstly considers how these intersections affected the specific dynamics and nature of the violence during the genocide. It then examines how these intersections have shifted following the genocide in the context of a nation-building project, which has rejected ethnicity, yet embraced the pursuit of gender equality. Drawing on ethnographic research with young Rwandans in Kigali from 2004 to 2011, it identifies three disquieting continuities in the intersections of ethnicity, gender and age in contemporary Rwanda: (i)
the ongoing ethnicisation of sexual politics among young Rwandans; (ii) the reproduction of ‘ethno-gendered’ stereotypes of Tutsi women that were central to the genocide propaganda; and (iii) the continued marginalisation of large numbers of Hutu young men, a factor which contributed to the participation of some young men in the 1994 genocide.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN537 Ethnic groups and races
Depositing User: Lyndsay McLeanHilker
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2014 06:23
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 04:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/50618

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