Quotidien et implication citoyenne : regard anthropologique sur la jeunesse kanak à Koné (Nouvelle-Calédonie)

Authors: Desroches-Maheux, Ève
Advisor: Gagné, Natacha
Abstract: This master thesis seeks to demystify the diverse experiences of youth in New Caledonia and explores the manifestations of agency by a particular group of young Kanak as they take part in a “collective form of existence” (vivre ensemble) in New Caledonia. The group is composed of young men and women of Koné involved in associations governed by the law established on July 1st 1901 and whose activities primarily revolve around a house located in the Cigales neighbourhood and it’s household. The analysis reveals that youth experiences and practices cannot be reduced to the representations put forward by dominant discourses. These, in fact, wrongly portray young Kanak as being trapped in an unchanged and immobile ancestral culture, and focus primarily on their inadequacy in today’s world as well as on their problems. It is argued that young Kanak possess creative capacities, want to contribute to society and aspire, for most of all, to take an active and vocal part in it. This research further shows that their experiences and initiatives must be contextualised, meaning considered in relation to the contemporary “situation” (social, political and economic) brought by the Nouméa Accord of 1998 according to which these are shaped. Keywords: Kanak, New Caledonia, Youth, shared destiny, citizenship, everyday life, urban milieu, indigenous people.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2016
Open Access Date: 24 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/27187
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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