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Title Going home: youth and aspirations in postconflict Marawi, Philippines
Posted by Septrin John Calamba
Authors Cornelio, Jayeel; Calamba, Septrin
Publication date 2022
Journal Journal of Youth Studies
Publisher Taylor & Francis Online
Abstract It has been years but the reconstruction of Marawi leaves much to be desired. In 2017, a battle between the government and ISIL-affiliated elements destroyed the city. This article turns attention to the youth who have been affected by this conflict. In a postconfict context in which reconstruction has yet to be seen, do the youth aspire to anything? If so, what are their aspirations? Drawing on interviews, we argue that their main aspiration is to ‘go home’. We unpack it in two respects: transparent and people-centered reconstruction and the reassertion of Marawi’s Islamic identity. These aspirations are not only couched in a positive language. Underlying them is a critique of the state of affairs: technocratic but inefficient rehabilitation and the moral and religious condition of the community prior to the conflict. By foregrounding the role of aspirations, this article advances the scholarship on young people’s participation in postconflict settings.
Index terms / Keywords Aspirations, youth, postconflict reconstruction, Marawi, Philippines