The Sociology of Youth: Then, Now, Next?

  • Robert MacDonald (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


One reason why we study youth is that the changing circumstances, cultures, identities and transitions of young people can provide a barometer on wider social change. Critical investigation of the youth phase – especially if it goes beyond an understandable, empirical concern with the most deprived and marginalised to include analysis of the elite and the ‘missing middle’ – can throw light on questions that are of wide significance for sociology. For instance, this field has lately generated very useful studies and debates about austerity, marginalisation, and the way that class inequalities - and those connected to gender, ethnicity, disability, nationality and migration status, sexuality and other well-known forms of domination and inequality – cross-cut with age and generation in familiar and in new ways. Related to this, a return to or rejuvenation of a political economy perspective in youth sociology has offered new directions.
Period10 Apr 2018
Event titleBritish Sociological Association Annual Conference: Identity, Community and Social Solidarity
Event typeConference
LocationNewcastle, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational