Youth Belonging and Citizenship in ‘Globalised Ethnoscapes’

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC34 Sociology of Youth (host committee)

Language: English

The mass movement of people globally has led to the prospect of ‘living permanently with variety and difference’ (Bauman, 2016) and within ‘globalised ethnoscapes’ – Appadurai’s (1996) term to denote the increasingly transnational landscapes of group identity. Such changes have cast doubt upon the connection between identity, citizenship and the nation-state, seeming to necessitate more hybrid and transnational notions of citizen-formation and belonging. Simultaneously, xenophobic policies and far-right political attacks on immigration and the status of refugees globally suggest a retreat from diversity and inclusion, particularly in countries of the Global North.

Young people today are at the forefront of these demographic and social changes. Yet, their voices and experiences have been largely left out of the public discourse, and at times, they have become targets for the anxiety associated with super-diverse (ethnic, religious etc) communities. Moreover, sociological research has often only prioritised the voices of some dominant groups of young people, thus overlooking the marginalisation, citizenship exclusion and symbolic violence experienced by other youth.

This session invites papers which examine what these changing globalised ethnoscapes mean for young people and their sense of belonging and citizenship. Papers are invited that contribute to the following themes:

  • Young people, transnational mobilities and citizenship;
  • Citizenship and civic participation in global times;
  • Structural and symbolic violence and diverse youth;
  • Identity, super-diversity and belonging;
  • Theoretical contributions relating to citizenship, justice, decolonisation, power,  belonging and identity;
  • Changing notions of space and time;
  • Challenges to conventional citizenship (e.g. youth activism, etc);
  • Other cognate themes or topics.
Session Organizers:
Bronwyn WOOD, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, New Zealand and Jacqueline KENNELLY, Carleton University, Canada
Oral Presentations
Everyday Politics in Diverse Communities: Spatial Imaginaries of Citizenship within Global Ethnoscapes
Bronwyn WOOD, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, New Zealand
Leaning in with Theatre: Global Youth Holding Space for an Imagined Tomorrow
Kathleen GALLAGHER, OISE/University of Toronto, Canada; Rebecca STARKMAN, OISE/University of Toronto, Canada; Dirk J. RODRICKS, OISE/University of Toronto, Canada
Youth Mobility and Cosmopolitan Citizenship. the Italian Case
Ilenya CAMOZZI, University of Milan Bicocca, Italy
Shifting Identities of Young People on the Arabic Peninsula: The Example of Kuwait
Andreas KARSTEN, Youth Policy Labs, Germany; Sven EHMES, Youth Policy Labs, Germany
Distributed Papers
The Impact of Erasmus + on European Citizenship: The Case of Estonian and Slovenian Youth
Airi-Alina ALLASTE, Tallinn University, Estonia; Tomaž DEŽELAN, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Memory Citizenship in Diaspora
Duygu GUL KAYA, York University, Canada
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