Special Issue "Youth Studies: Values, Practices and Discourses on Generations"
A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2018
Nowadays, the discourse on generations is prolific and widespread in the public sphere. Generational categories as “millennials”, “digital natives”, “net” or “lost” generation, generation “m”, “x”, “y” or “z”, among many other labels, are very often used by mass media and popular press to underline particular social orientations (values, attitudes, ethics or beliefs) or practices attributed to contemporary young people. They are measured up against older age cohorts—also identified by generational categories (“baby boomers”, “silent” or “traditionalist” generation)—in order to emphasize intergenerational gaps, conflicts or flows within very diverse life domains. However, this pervasiveness of generational discourses in the media is not accompanied by in-depth analytical engagement and scientific research. A great deal of speculation and overstatement is based in fragmented evidence, mainly produced by market and marketing companies, taking for granted that different age cohorts have generational equivalence and giving pop labels to consumer profiles.
Resting on the field of youth studies, the purpose of the Special Issue “Youth Studies: Values, Practices and Discourses on Generations” is to engage in a conceptual and critical discussion on different generational approaches, based in quantitative and/or qualitative empirical evidence on topics as diverse as life ethics, behaviours and discourses on work and employment, politics and citizenship, consumption, body, sexuality, technology, family, religion, spirituality, etc. For this purpose, Societies invites manuscripts of original research and conceptualization addressing different dimensions of values, practices and discourses on generations from the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field of youth studies.
Dr. Vitor Sérgio Ferreira
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- Generations and structural change
- Generational conscience, reflexivity or subjectivity
- Generational categories and discursive formations
- Intergenerational flows, gaps or conflicts
- Political uses of generation discourse
- Life ethics, attitudes and practices
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: In transition … Where to? Rethinking life stages and intergenerational relations
Abstract: In this paper we would like to reflect on the intertwining of the redefinition of the stages of life, the ‘new’ patterns of adulthood transitions and the intergenerational relations. Thus, the first question that drives our reflections is: how does the radical transformation that invested the transition to adulthood change the ways we define adulthood itself and how does it interfere with the processes of mutual recognition amongst different generations? Indeed, intergenerational relationships acquire even more complexity, in a framework in which a) structural factors like the precarisation of the labour market and the aging population heighten reciprocal interdependence and b) changes in the life-courses patterns distance the different generations especially in terms of biographical sense-making and “biographicity” (Alheit and Dausien 2000; Stauber 2007; Walther 2016). Which effects on the generational order (Mayall 2002; Alanen 2009) are produced by these complexities? And how intergenerational relations contribute to inequalities reproduction?
Seeking to address these questions, we would like to reflect on the possible ways to reconceptualise adulthood and the intergenerational ties that should guarantee solidarity and wellbeing in everyday life.
These theoretical reflections are grounded on empirical work done in the Northern part of Italy, with thirtysomething people who are still struggling with a prolonged and de-standardised transition process (Cavalli and Galland 1996; White and Wyn 2008), thus negotiating new ‘adult roles’, with particular reference to parenthood. This complex transition is significant and widespread in our context that, as, part of the southern group of welfare states (Ferrera 1996), has low levels of welfare provision and high reliance on the family as a form of support.
Keywords: Transition to adulthood; Adulthood; Generations; Parenthood
Title: Young People’s Critical Politicization in Spain in the Great Recession: ¿a generational re-configuration?
Abstract: Young Spaniards have been one of the social groups most affected by the negative consequences of the Great Recession. Many authors call the young people who have grown up these years as the generation of the crisis. This crisis has constituted a decisive event in the socialization process of this young people, a shared experience of the deterioration of living conditions and the transformation of precariousness into everyday experience.
In a context of multiples difficulties to be young but also of a lot of social protest (movement 15-M and anti- austerity mobilizations), the generation of the crisis has been characterized by the construction of a new relationship scheme with politics, where a type of critical politicization, oriented towards social and political change, stands out.
The results of the Young People in Spain Survey 2016 and the European Social Survey provide us with the empirical basis to analyse the characteristics of young people’s politicization, of their political practices and how they try to influence the political scene. In summary, the article shows how young people display their civic status in the political sphere and the particularities of their politicization process which, in comparison with older generations, would reveal a deep generation gap.