Studying the aspirations of youth can tell us a lot more about their worlds
Blog post by Dr Roy Huijsmans
Aspiration is an implicit element of development that inspires action for change. Yet there are increasing concerns about the individualized and instrumental use of aspirations in development practice.
In a recent special issue of the European Journal of Development Research focusing on youths’ aspirations, guest edited by Dr Roy Huijsmans with Nicola Ansell and Peggy Froerer, they argue that aspirations should be recognized as socially produced and as positionings by young people in presents shaped by remnants of pasts and the uncertainty of futures.
In this post the authors detail what’s inside the special issue.