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Identity, uncertainty and responsibility: privileging place in a risk society

Identity, uncertainty and responsibility: privileging place in a risk society That young people today reside within social worlds of unprecedented ‘risk’ is a persuasive position. While such discourses have become increasingly pervasive, there has been little interest in exploring contemporary shifts within specific socio-geographic contexts: place has been largely invisible. This paper considers Ulrich Beck's ‘risk society’ theses as a framework for exploring the experiences of 85 young residents of a regional Australian centre. These young people's stories revealed complex and often contradictory, tensions in relation to identity, uncertainty and responsibility. Socio-geographic location was found to be a significant feature in the negotiation and repercussion of these young people's lives. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Children's Geographies Taylor & Francis

Identity, uncertainty and responsibility: privileging place in a risk society

Children's Geographies , Volume 6 (3): 14 – Aug 1, 2008
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Taylor & Francis
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ISSN
1473-3277
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1473-3285
DOI
10.1080/14733280802184013
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Abstract

That young people today reside within social worlds of unprecedented ‘risk’ is a persuasive position. While such discourses have become increasingly pervasive, there has been little interest in exploring contemporary shifts within specific socio-geographic contexts: place has been largely invisible. This paper considers Ulrich Beck's ‘risk society’ theses as a framework for exploring the experiences of 85 young residents of a regional Australian centre. These young people's stories revealed complex and often contradictory, tensions in relation to identity, uncertainty and responsibility. Socio-geographic location was found to be a significant feature in the negotiation and repercussion of these young people's lives.

Journal

Children's GeographiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Aug 1, 2008

Keywords: rural; risk; identity; uncertainty; responsibility; Beck

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