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Developing youth, changing culture: A minor field study about culture and development in Korogocho, Kenya
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Culture and development is a part of a vast subject that has gained interest throughout the years. Culture plays an active role in the daily routine of human being throughout the globe. From music to shared beliefs, culture is a collective creation that affects the individual in various ways. This study looks deeper into what role culture has in the development of Korogocho, Kenya. Korogocho is an informal settlement that has been subject to many injustices which have caused extreme poverty and famine. Because of the extreme poverty, the community has fallen into crime, violence, and drugs. Previous research has shown that cultural tools, such as music, art, and sports have had a positive effect on troubled communities. The argument has often been that cultural activities can both engage the community (especially youths) in social change, and help to change the negative norms that have caused the youth to follow destructive life paths. By following a community-based organization, Hope Raisers, I study how they use positive culture as a tool for developing the youth and the community. I used a qualitative approach with observations and interviews from the people in Korogocho. The results shows that culture has two different aspect that affects the individual. One is exposed culture and the other expressed culture. These can be understood as what the individual is exposed to in their community, and what the individual can express and create actions from. These two distinctions are dichotomous and highlight how culture can be used for development. This study has contributed to previous research of culture and development by both varifiyng its result in the context of an informal settlement, as well as creating an understanindg of how culture can be used for development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
culture, development, cultural toolkits, informal settlements, Korogocho, Kenya
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-57460OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-57460DiVA: diva2:1090743
Subject / course
Sociologi
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Available from: 2017-04-25 Created: 2017-04-25 Last updated: 2017-04-25Bibliographically approved

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