Decent exposure: Young women mixing schooling and sharpness in Lira city

Acio Enon, Sharon, Adoch, Dorah, Alum, Vicky, Gumkit Parlaker, Ann, Jones, Ben, Ocen, Laury and Opolo, James (2024) Decent exposure: Young women mixing schooling and sharpness in Lira city. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. ISSN 0305-7925

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We examine ‘exposure’ as a new subjectivity among young women in Lira City in northern Uganda. Socialising with men in bars, ‘managing’ boyfriends, being a good Christian wife, are all ways of mixing experiences of formal education with the challenges of navigating a way forward in the complex and evolving context of Lira City. Young women strive to acquire skills of hustling, networking and navigating social situations, which they begin to develop during their time in school and university. They continue to cultivate these skills as they move into early adulthood. Lira City is a landscape where new government legislation, the advocacy work of NGOs, the mass expansion of Uganda’s education system, and unstable marriages, create new opportunities as well as challenges for young women. Young women think through these opportunities and challenges by thinking about what it means to be ‘exposed’ and acting in relation to these thoughts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This article was supported by a grant under the British Academy and GCRF Youth Futures scheme [YF\190162].
Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropology,auto-ethnography,africa,gender,subjectivity,anthropology,education ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3304
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Heritage and History
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: 16 Dec 2023 03:04
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:23
DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2023.2292523

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