LLAKES Research Conference, 27-28 June 2016
This event has been supported generously by the The Sociological Review Foundation
This event aims to bring together youth researchers to examine if youth opportunities and civic values are evolving in different ways in different parts of the world. It is widely acknowledged that young people have been amongst the hardest hit by the global economic crisis and the subsequent austerity measures that many states instituted. Yet we also know that the challenges that young people experience are not necessarily temporary or crisis-driven; youth opportunities, aspirations and values are also being affected by the changes that have been taking place in our social, economic and civic structures over the past three decades. Combined, these twin challenges mean that for many young people the transition to adulthood has not simply been delayed; it has been fundamentally disrupted.
Against this backdrop, and through a series of inter-disciplinary and empirical research papers, this event will address key questions such as: what does it mean to “grow up” in a time of increasing insecurity and austerity? How are youth opportunities and expectations being changed and challenged by these developments? What impact are these changing opportunities having on youth civic values? And perhaps most importantly, how do youth opportunities, aspirations, and civic values vary in different regions, cultures, and socio-economic strata?
To explore these themes, this event will bring together research papers from diverse contexts such as the UK, the US, India, East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). These countries and regions have different histories, institutional structures, and cultures, but all have youth populations that are facing considerable challenges, and all have experiences of population flows (inward or outward) that are presenting further (and wider) societal challenges. By comparing and contrasting the experiences of youth in these diverse contexts, we will also address an important question: does it make sense to speak of a global crisis for contemporary youth?
The conference programme is now available.
The following presentations from the conference are now available:
- Global Angers? Becoming Adult in a Neo-Liberal World Professor Cécile Van de Velde, University of Montreal
- The frustrated generation: The exclusion of young people in Arab Mediterranean countries from decent employment and long-term life perspectives Dr Jochen Tholen, University of Bremen
|Keynote Lecture: Making it against the odds: diverse strategies and successful adaptation in school-to-work transitions in England Professor Ingrid Schoon, UCL-Institute of Education|
|Northern EuropeHow do young peoples’ prospects vary across Europe? – The IF EU Fairness Index David Kingman, The Intergenerational FoundationThe Crisis for Contemporary Youth: Young People, Opportunities and Civic Values in the UK Professor Andy Green and Dr Avril Keating, UCL-Institute of EducationRight and wrong citizens: the reconfiguration of citizenship as patriotic duty in contemporary Russia Professor Hilary Pilkington, University of Manchester and Professor Elena Omelchenko, Higher School of Economics, Russia|
|South and East AsiaYouth in Delhi: Opportunities, Aspirations, Participation Dr Divya Vaid, Jawaharlal Nehru University, IndiaYouth Opportunities, Aspirations and Challenges of Transition to Employment and Adulthood: The Case of South Korea Professor Chon Sun Ihm, Sejong UniversityThe Changing Nature of Graduate Opportunities in Mainland China Dr Liu Ye, Bath Spa UniversityChanging Youth Career Opportunity: A Generational Mobility Perspective Professor Yung-Feng Lin, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan|