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Der Traum vom guten Leben. Die eritreische warsay-Generation im Asmara der zweiten Nachkriegszeit
(Spektrum 92)
Münster: Lit Verlag 2005
311 pp., Euro 34.90; ISBN 3-8258-9054-6
Keywords: habitus, field, capital, warsay generation, modernity, traditional culture, social space, space and culture, leisure activities, bars, cafs, city life

The dream of the good life. The Eritrean warsay generation in Asmara in the second post-war era
Taking habitus, capital and field as guidelines for understanding and explanation Treiber introduces the history and political situation of Eritrea, then social spaces of young adults in Asmara (city culture, five bars, and contexts like music, enjoyment, friends, women, language, forms of greeting, types of conversations, and the dynamics of choosing a space). Then several cafs, night clubs, internet cafs, and religious spaces (sects etc.) and their "logic of frequentation" are described. Another topic ar living spaces (residential, work, army). The summary discusses the "African city" and the collective habitus of young Asmarans and the lack of "traditional blueprints" which leads to "enforced subversion". Further, lifestyles and milieux are discussed, the quality of life and financial aspects and also boredom and the simulation of a society as it should be, but the modern promise of the "pursuit of happiness" is blocked in this setting.

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