Youth and Nationalism in a Globalized World

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC34 Sociology of Youth (host committee)

Language: English

Today we are faced with the rise of nationalism in a globalized world. For example, the UK voted to leave the EU, and the US presidential election 2016 saw the "America First" candidate as a winner. In both cases, "our country first" option was supported by the nation. The extreme-right political parties seem to increase their influence in the 2017 national election in major EU countries. These parties or campaigns have organized counter movements against globalization, which is nationalism driven by globalization.
This session invites papers to examine how young people participate in social or political activities in this context. In the UK, a contrast was clearly shown in BREXIT: old pro-BREXIT voters vs. young pro-EU campaigners. In the US, the picture is not so clear with regard to the generations in relation to employment, race, religion and other points in the presidential election. In Japan, young people are politically conservative in general; however, they are not disproportionately participating in xenophobic-like action. Considering these differences, we need comparative perspective.
We can also see differences between youth in each country in terms of mobility prompted by globalization; for example, Japanese young people study abroad much less frequently than do those of other Asian nations, and even their mobility from the countryside to big cities has decreased in recent years.
This session welcomes papers to contribute to this discussion on youth in the context of nationalism in a globalized world in an empirical and comparative way.
Session Organizers:
Tomohiko ASANO, Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan and Ichiyo HABUCHI, Hirosaki University, Japan
Oral Presentations
A Qualitative Analysis of Contemporary Youths’ Response to Diverse Issues of Social Justice in Nigeria
Oghoadena OSEZUA, Obafemi Awlowo University, Nigeria; Emma AROGUNDADE, Human Science Reserach Council, South Africa; Sharlene SWARTZ, Human Sciences Research Council; University of Cape Town, South Africa
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