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BIZA, Adriano Mateus. Youths and associations in Mozambique: motivations and current dynamics. Saude soc. [online]. 2009, vol.18, n.3, pp.382-394. ISSN 0104-1290.

This article reflects on youth associations dynamics in Postcolonial Mozambique. The aim is to identify and analyze motivations for young people's involvement in such groups. Based on empirical work with two youth associations - namely "Associação Aro Juvenil" and "Associação Positiva Juvenil" - the assessment finds that youth associations dynamics highlights intricate relationships involving identity, context, private, public and affective milieus. Although there are multiple motivations, young people's adherence to associations is combined with individual life stories and expectations. At the discourse level, entrance to the associative life represents a form of socio-political legitimation in response to other narratives that consider young people very passive and less intervening in finding solutions to their own problems, and society's in general. At the level of day-to-day practices, young people re-interpret and give a different sense to their motivations and commitment: beyond formal objectives - arguably development-oriented, altruistic and humanistic - associations are a life strategy for the accomplishment of individual achievements. To create an association and/or take part in one may imply greater possibilities of accessing and controlling diversified resources and capitals, such as a job/occupation, money, work, power, recognition, prestige, and training, among others, which would be otherwise impossible.

Keywords : Young People; Association Dynamics; Motivations for Engagement; Roles; Capitals.

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