‘the Best of Times, the Worst of Times': Making Sense of Young People's Wellbeing?
I examine the different networks and practices implicated in young people’s leisure showing how their wellbeing can oscillate from good to bad events framing their (un)happiness. Often their educational and employment experiences were problematic, threatening their wellbeing but many were also connected to supportive networks and activities that allowed them to flourish. Their accounts of happiness therefore involved disappointments as well as stories of overcoming these challenges and developing creative, nourishing pursuits. This processual approach to wellbeing is one way of offering a more insightful analysis of young people’s lives that avoids the traditional divisions between cultural and transitions approaches in youth research.
Cieslik, M. (2015) ‘Not Smiling but Frowning’: Sociology and the Problem of Happiness. Sociology 49(3) 422-37.
Cieslik, M. (2016) The Happiness Riddle and the Quest for a Good Life. London: Palgrave.