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Young people, class and place

Young people, class and place Journal of Youth Studies Vol. 12, No. 5, October 2009, 457465 a b a Tracy Shildrick *, Shane Blackman and Robert MacDonald Youth Research Group, School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK; Department of Media, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK This collection focuses on issues of class and place in respect of young people’s lives. The contributions derive, at least in part, from a one-day British Sociological Association Youth Study Group seminar that was hosted by the Youth Research Group at the University of Teesside in September 2008. We were overwhelmed with proposals to present papers  and a little surprised, given the supposed declining power of ‘old’ social divisions to explain contemporary society. We might ask, what is special or important about the social scientific study of youth? One answer is that the youth phase provides a privileged vantage point from which to observe broader processes of social change and social continuity (Furlong and Cartmel 2007, MacDonald and Shildrick 2009). If new cultural trends emerge or significant social developments happen, it is feasible that they will be seen here first or most obviously, among the coming, new generation of young adults. If ‘choice http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Youth Studies Taylor & Francis

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1469-9680
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10.1080/13676260903114136
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Journal of Youth Studies Vol. 12, No. 5, October 2009, 457465 a b a Tracy Shildrick *, Shane Blackman and Robert MacDonald Youth Research Group, School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK; Department of Media, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK This collection focuses on issues of class and place in respect of young people’s lives. The contributions derive, at least in part, from a one-day British Sociological Association Youth Study Group seminar that was hosted by the Youth Research Group at the University of Teesside in September 2008. We were overwhelmed with proposals to present papers  and a little surprised, given the supposed declining power of ‘old’ social divisions to explain contemporary society. We might ask, what is special or important about the social scientific study of youth? One answer is that the youth phase provides a privileged vantage point from which to observe broader processes of social change and social continuity (Furlong and Cartmel 2007, MacDonald and Shildrick 2009). If new cultural trends emerge or significant social developments happen, it is feasible that they will be seen here first or most obviously, among the coming, new generation of young adults. If ‘choice

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Published: Oct 1, 2009

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