Post-liberation Politics and Political Space in Eritrea: Interrogating Aspirations among Educated Youth

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This article discusses post-liberation politics in Eritrea through the lens of political space, making use of empirical data collected between 1996 and 2016 among youth in higher education. Political space is defined as a relational space whose boundaries are being created in constant balancing acts between enforced citizenship obligations and personal aspirations. This definition allows for an analysis of the contradiction between national development objectives and personal aspirations in the lives of research-protagonists, and through this provides important insights into the nature of the Eritrean state. Main findings demonstrate how closures of political space ultimately undermine important state objectives.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)968-982
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number6
Early online date27 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018