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Fada: Boredom and Belonging in Niger

Adeline Masquelier


This book is an ethnography of street culture and youth sociality in urban Niger. It explores the universe of fadas, the tea-circles unemployed young men join to deal with boredom and redefine the terms of belonging. Through a focus on the diverse expressions of masculinity that are forged at the fada, it addresses a seeming paradox at the heart of male sociality, namely the fact that tea-circles are simultaneously spaces of inactivity and indolence and forums of creativity and futurity. It argues that waiting and working must be understood as co-constitutive rather than polar opposites. By ex ... More

Keywords: youth, unemployment, tea-circles, sociality, boredom, belonging, waiting, masculinity, time, urban Niger

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226624204
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226624488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adeline Masquelier, author
Tulane University