Williams, Lincoln O.
Social Welfare Training Centre
The Official Discourse on Youth in St. Kitts-Nevis
Augier, Simone; Edgecombe-Howell, O.
Beyond Walls: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives
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St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
University of the West Indies
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Presented at the St. Kitts-Nevis Country Conference. May 2000.
The relationship between adults and young people in a society is an excellent way of providing insights into some of the critical social forces at work in that society. The author discusses the concept of youth as 'folk devils' versus 'hope for the future'. This is done primarily by focusing on issues relating to youth as found in the 2000 Youth Manifesto of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. Williams argues that although the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party sought to adopt a new approach to youth affairs in its Manifesto, it failed to transcend the traditional, or 'preferred discourse', which informs the official approach to youth in the Caribbean. He posits that it further entrenched the negative concept of youth which is dominant throughout the Caribbean.....