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Growing Up and Getting ByInternational Perspectives on Childhood and Youth in Hard Times$
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John Horton, Helena Pimlott-Wilson, and Sarah Hall

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781447352891

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447352891.001.0001

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‘If you think about the future you are just troubling yourself’: uncertain futures among caregiving and non-caregiving youth in Zambia

‘If you think about the future you are just troubling yourself’: uncertain futures among caregiving and non-caregiving youth in Zambia

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Caroline Day

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447352891.003.0016

In this chapter, Caroline Day considers the role of aspiration among caregiving and non-caregiving young people in Zambia. The chapter notes that youth-centred policy-making is relatively new and under-developed in Zambia, as in many other contexts. The chapter argues that better understanding of young people’s aspirations and senses of the future is crucial in formulating and policies and programmes that support, or impact upon, young people. Drawing on qualitative research, the chapter explores the nature of the future aspirations of diverse, and often extremely marginalised, Zambian young people. The chapter shows how, even in profoundly hard times, these young people’s aspirations were rarely selfish and individualised: instead, they overwhelmingly talked about aspirations in terms of caring relationships and responsibilities. Their aspirations are full of care and love: for family members, friends, communities and older and young people.

Keywords:   Youth, Caregiving, Aspirations, Futures, Zambia

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