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Felix da Costa, Diana (2024) 'Youth Gangs and overcoming waithood in a United Nations Protection of Civilians Site in South Sudan.' Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 18 (1). pp. 99-116.

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This article investigates contestations over the roles and legitimacy of gangs within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, South Sudan. Drawing on qualitative interviews, it argues that ‘gangs’ represented the medium through which everyday struggles and processes of social contestations were negotiated between youth, elders, and protection actors. Prevailing narratives of gangs as violent criminal entities structured conflict with elders and protection actors, but to their affiliates, gangs provided protection, identity, belonging, responsibility, agency, and a route to overcome the limbo of ‘waithood’ and achieve social adulthood.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Youth and waithood; gangs; civilian protection; peacekeeping; South Sudan
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 17502977
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SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2023 08:48
Funders: British Academy, Other, Other, Arts and Humanities Research Council

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