Youth and Social Justice in the Global South: Building Alternative Strategies to Entrenched Social Inequalities. Part I

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 50 (Main Building)
RC34 Sociology of Youth (host committee)

Language: Spanish and English

The increasing social disparities, youth labour precariousness and political turmoil make it timely to reflect about issues of entrenched social inequalities and social justice in youth studies. In this session we invite papers to contribute to the current debate about structural inequality, disadvantage, social justice and youth from a Global South perspective to understand the complexities in patterns of disparity in different regions and for different social groups.
We are interested in the lessons that can be learned from different social struggles in different spaces and places in order to create a dialogue that can contribute to the construction of alternative strategies to dominant neoliberal policies that have exacerbated unequal patterns across the globe.
We invite established and new researchers to present their findings on studies that can highlight the different ways that sociology of youth can contribute to these debates on inequality, including possible strategies to build a more socially just world. 
This session calls for papers that contribute on the following topics, among other themes from a Global South perspective:

  • school-to-work transitions; 
  • precariousness in youth labour markets; 
  • issues of economic and cultural (in)justice, including social class, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, sexualities; 
  • social exclusion in urban and rural places; 
  • the relationship between youth and the state; 
  • youth political participation; 
  • youth cultural practices.

The session also welcomes contributions of debate on entrenched social inequalities and social justice from a plural perspective that goes beyond the limits established by normative theories, which stigmatized youth and their lifestyles.
We welcome papers that look for continuity and/or change in patterns of inequality and disadvantage; that are based on qualitative or quantitative methods; and that identify responses to these patterns by focusing on political, social, economic and cultural forces (e.g. social movements, cultural youth representations, etc.).

Session Organizer:
Rosa Maria CAMARENA-CORDOVA, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
Hernan CUERVO, The University of Melbourne, Australia and Ana MIRANDA, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO, Argentina
Faith Based Organisations and Marginalised Youth in Pretoria, South Africa
Marlize RABE, Department of Sociology, University of South Africa, South Africa; Ignatius SWART, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, South Africa; Stephan DE BEER, Centre for Contextual Ministry, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Capital Social, Los Jóvenes Como Actores De Cambio
Patricia RODRIGUEZ, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
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