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Overburdened white men (and women): ruptured self-images of young Swiss in the "Third World" (1940s to 1970s)


Hongler, Patricia; Lienhard, Marina (2015). Overburdened white men (and women): ruptured self-images of young Swiss in the "Third World" (1940s to 1970s). In: Purtschert, Patricia; Fischer-Tiné, Harald. Colonial Switzerland: rethinking colonialism from the margins. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 200-218.

Abstract

‘You’re young … and perhaps your life here in Switzerland doesn’t satisfy you entirely? In Africa and Asia there is need for you.’1 These words were published in a brochure by the Swiss Confederation in the late 1960s and aimed to motivate young Swiss to work as volunteers in the field of development aid. They combined the notion of ‘developing countries’ being in desperate need of Western aid with the idea of young people’s zest for action. In this article we wish to further explore the connections between these two concepts. Utilizing two case studies, we scrutinize the experiences of young Swiss men and women who, between the 1940s and the 1970s, spent short or longer periods of time in (former) European colonies, working for transnational companies or in development aid. We focus on how these young people dealt with colonialism, decolonization and the idea of development, and examine how their practices corresponded with the discourses and institutions they were confronted with.

Abstract

‘You’re young … and perhaps your life here in Switzerland doesn’t satisfy you entirely? In Africa and Asia there is need for you.’1 These words were published in a brochure by the Swiss Confederation in the late 1960s and aimed to motivate young Swiss to work as volunteers in the field of development aid. They combined the notion of ‘developing countries’ being in desperate need of Western aid with the idea of young people’s zest for action. In this article we wish to further explore the connections between these two concepts. Utilizing two case studies, we scrutinize the experiences of young Swiss men and women who, between the 1940s and the 1970s, spent short or longer periods of time in (former) European colonies, working for transnational companies or in development aid. We focus on how these young people dealt with colonialism, decolonization and the idea of development, and examine how their practices corresponded with the discourses and institutions they were confronted with.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:04 Jan 2017 16:54
Last Modified:08 Mar 2017 08:36
Publisher:Palgrave
ISBN:978-1-137-44273-4
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137442741
Official URL:http://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781137442734
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod010409132 (Library Catalogue)

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