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Young men in Cameroon dream of a glamorous career as a professional footballer, preferably abroad. This scenario is highly unlikely, though, resulting in new forms of insecurity. As a result, may young Cameroonian footballers turn to the Pentecostal church for advice. Uroš Kovač focuses on these young Cameroonian men in precarious circumstances who are increasingly concerned about becoming 'useless' and redundant in the eyes of their family. He argues that young men's aspirations of migrating abroad and playing professional football play a central role in the analysis of masculinity in West Africa after the structural neoliberal reforms of the 1980s.

Event details of Professional football and masculinity in Cameroon
Date 18 December 2018
Time 10:00 -11:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

U. Kovač: The Precarity of Masculinity: Football, Pentecostalism, and Transnational Aspirations in Cameroon.


Prof. N. Besnier


Dr P.L. Geschiere


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.