Longitudinal Views on Youth Transitions. Reflections on the Social Construction of Youth: Power, Justice, Social Reproduction and Violence.
Language: Spanish and English
In our times of rapid social change and increasing uncertainty in the lives of young people, longitudinal studies allow the opportunity of tracking youth transitions over time and across different dimensions of life. They provide an opportunity to contribute to debates about the impact of social changes on youth affairs, and are an important method for researchers to check for continuity and change. Longitudinal research enables a better understanding of the different socio-historical processes that shape the opportunities and challenges for youth and young adults in their quest to build a trajectory of life. Thus, at times of social, economic, political, cultural and ecological transformation, it seems pertinent to make use of longitudinal studies to place the lens on youth transitions as a process rather than focusing on normative policy standards that tend to marginalise some social groups and neglect the (re)production of social inequalities.
In this session we invite researchers working in the field of youth and longitudinal studies to contribute papers that can illuminate the multiplicity of transitions occurring in different social contexts from a plural perspective. We focus on how the “empirical” is constructed over time and place. We are interested in papers from longitudinal studies focusing on: school-to-work transitions, intergenerational and intragenerational inequality, social inclusion and exclusion in urban and/or rural spaces, family and housing, poverty and territorial segregation, marginalization and violence, power and youth political participation, and youth transitions shaped by class, gender, ethnicity, religion. We welcome either quantitative and qualitative studies or mixed-methods approaches.