Damned to Desperation: The Gendered Nature of Disruptive Politics among South African Youth

South Africa’s youth are often portrayed in the media as being at the forefront of xenophobic attacks, looting foreign-owned stores and participating in social movements and disruptive protests. Young men are identified as more likely than young women to engage in protest action. This study explores the complexities young people face and that often drive them towards engaging in protests as opposed to participating in formal democratic processes like elections.