Jamie Fuller2014 Global Scholars Symposium

Title: A Place to Find Our Voice: Public Space and Youth Protest in Senegalese Politics

Abstract: My work investigates the role of public spaces, both physical and non-physical, on the political activism of Senegalese youth. Proxemic theory promotes the perspective that physical space influences behavior in sometimes unrecognized and profound ways and is used to inform analysis of political activism in public spaces. The re-appropriation of physical spaces has created a non-physical space of discourse wherein young people, traditionally discouraged from straying from the status quo, can challenge the norms and expectations of society. Simultaneously, they are finding their place within society. Ultimately, I hope to contribute to anthropological understandings of the role of space on social movements in developing nations, as well as correct assumptions made by some in development about the function of space in African cities.

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