Theory and Social Change in the Sociology of Youth

This online seminar from June 24 2020 was hosted by the Newcastle Youth Studies Network in conjunction with the Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture.

Theoretical debates in the sociology of youth have increasingly focused on how to understand social change, positioning youth as a product of shifts in economic regimes (such as from Fordism to post-Fordism) or around concepts such as late modernity. These debates have raised questions about how to reconceptualise concepts of youth and adulthood, and the broader temporalities that shape youth experiences. This online seminar features three contemporary researchers from Europe and Australia to explore theory and social change in the sociology of youth.

Featured researchers:

The presenters touch on subjects that include:

  • The question of generations as a theoretical tool
  • Key social and economic transformations that have shaped contemporary youth experiences
  • Local and national specificities in youth biographies in their relationship with global social change

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