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In Search of a Future: Youth, Aspiration, and Mobility in Nepal

Andrea Kölbel and Meenakshi Thapan


In a conversation about youth agency, the most common discourses that come up are of acts of liberation, resistance, and deviance. However, this perspective is fairly narrow and runs the risk of reinforcing pervasive and often polarizing depictions of youth. In order to broaden the understanding of young people’s collective actions and their potential social implications, it is necessary to ask: What types of agency do young people demonstrate? This book aims to scrutinize some of the conceptual ideas that underlie prevalent visions of youth as agents of social change and as a source of hope f ... More

Keywords: young people, agency, higher education, work, migration, student politics, development, social change, participatory research, South Asia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190124519
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190124519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Kölbel, author
Research Fellow, Institute for Innovation and Technology, Berlin

Meenakshi Thapan, series editor
Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi