Varieties of Generational Orders – Considering Social Initiatives and Given Local Conditions.
Research that focuses on the organization of social life through the lens of generational ordering conveys insights not only into childhood but more generally into processes of social ordering. Analyzing and identifying the way relations between children and adults are worked out permits addressing taken-for-granted institutions and assumptions of childhood in new ways: What do these assumptions include and what are their consequences for local societies, childhoods and for different groups of children in these societies? A global perspective on generational arrangements contributes to dissociate from Western-oriented ideologies and broadens the view for other possible realities.
Session organizers welcome empirically grounded contributions with regard to heterogeneous generational arrangements and social realities of children – focusing on differences and similarities throughout history, geography and different groups of children. Organizers will give particular attention to contributions that attempt to highlight re-arrangements of generational relations, whether these are intentional or effects of given local circumstances. Which efforts of modelling generational arrangements (e.g. by local policies, enhancement programs, expert discourses, institutions etc.) can be identified and, on a more general level, how are these affected by social processes? What kind of new arrangements of generational relations occur and how are these shaped by societal transitions and local realities (e.g. war, mass migration, violent land appropriations)? What are empirically derived examples of re-arrangements and how can they be described? We would especially appreciate contributions that approach this topic from perspectives which seek to combine micro- and macro-levels of analysis.