‘We are passing our leisure time’: Moving on from education in eastern Uganda

Jones, Ben (2020) ‘We are passing our leisure time’: Moving on from education in eastern Uganda. Africa, 90 (2). pp. 252-272. ISSN 0001-9720

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In the trading centre of Atine Atirir in eastern Uganda, young men gather to play ludo. They are educated but most do not have salaried employment. Many farm and do some form of casual labour. They talk about the importance of leisure and 'leisure time' and discuss the prospects of Arsenal in the English Premier League. In this article I explore the relationship between education, farming and 'leisure time' and look at the ways in which young men in particular make sense of lives that involve both schooling and farming. A number of scholars have focused on the tensions and frustrations of educated-typically urban-youth in Africa and elsewhere. They observe a growing distance between older and younger people, and the ways young men define their situation as one of boredom, dissatisfaction and waiting. By contrast, I show the ways in which the ludo board helped younger men in a poorer, rural setting elide an interest in an 'educated style' with rural forms of work-farming, petty trading and casual employment-and how the space around the game was mostly a site of play and relaxation, a place for passing, rather than killing, time. There was also a large degree of sympathy between the generations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published Online: 11/03/2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: boredom,churches,land,politics,uncertainty,violence,young men,youth,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/peace_justice_and_strong_institutions
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Gender and Development
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > The State, Governance and Conflict
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 05:19
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/72557
DOI: 10.1017/S0001972019001104


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