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The state of youth: inequality, insecurity and transitions to adulthood

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The state of youth: inequality, insecurity and transitions to adulthood


This is the first of a series of one-day seminars that aims to bring together well-established scholars with newer researchers working at PhD and postdoctoral levels in the study of youth and adolescence in order to explore critical questions in contemporary youth studies on inequality and insecurity.

The series takes a ‘long view’ of youth (defined as age 16 to 30 years) and a broad focus that considers both experiences of disadvantage and marginalisation as well as wider processes of social change and insecurity affecting young people across social divides, including disadvantaged youth, the ‘missing middle’, and more privileged young people and young adults.

Each seminar will combine expert presentations, a PhD workshop and a plenary session to facilitate exchange and mutual learning. There will also be opportunities for networking.

This first seminar will include, among others, a presentation by Prof Robert MacDonald


Key questions to be addressed include:

Youth and social change. What is the contemporary social situation of youth? How have changed circumstances for youth affected labour market, domestic and housing transitions? How have the prospects for youth and young adults changed in the UK in recent decades?

Insecurity and marginalisation. How do experiences of exclusion and marginalisation influence young people’s choices, prospects and circumstances? How are these shaped by underpinning social inequalities of class, gender, ethnicity? What are the wider impacts of societal change for young adults’ experiences of insecurity and risk?

Policy and practice responses. What are the implications of these changes for social mobility and intergenerational justice? How should policy makers and practitioners respond to the problem of youth disadvantage? What are the barriers to successful youth transitions in the UK today and what the policies and interventions are needed to address these?

 



Attendance at this workshop is FREE. Priority will be given to South West DTP students, academics and practitioners, and University of Bristol students.



Call for doctoral papers

 

Presenting is not a pre-requisite for participating in the event. We want to encourage ALL scholars with interests in youth studies to participate. However, spaces to present are limited and we will prioritise giving these places to research students wishing to present their work.

 

Doctoral students are warmly invited to present their work in the (post)doctoral paper session. To do so, please submit an abstract (of up to 500 words) in MS Word format to the event organiser, Dr Alba Lanau: YWxiYSAhIGxhbmF1IHwgYnJpcyAhIGFjICEgdWs=, by 5pm, Wednesday 10th October. In addition to your abstract, please provide your title, name, supervisor’ name(s), institution, and working thesis title.

Limited funds are available to help with travel costs for SWDTP students and PhD students travelling from outside Bristol who have no other source of financial support (e.g. research council funds etc). If you wish to be considered please indicate this.



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