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Youth Beyond the City

Thinking from the Margins

Edited by Signe Ravn and David Farrugia

Published

Jun 15, 2022

Page count

272 pages

ISBN

978-1529212044

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 15, 2022

Page count

272 pages

ISBN

978-1529212051

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Youth Beyond the City

This interdisciplinary collection charts the experiences of young people in places of spatial marginality around the world, dismantling the privileging of urban youth, urban locations and urban ways of life in youth studies and beyond

Expert authors investigate different dimensions of spatiality including citizenship, materiality and belonging, and develop new understandings of the complex relationships between place, history, politics and education. From Australia to India, Myanmar to Sweden, and the UK to Central America, international examples from both the Global South and North help to illuminate wider issues of intergenerational change, social mobility and identity.

By exploring young lives beyond city, this book establishes different ways of thinking from a position of spatial marginality.

Signe Ravn is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

David Farrugia is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Introduction: Thinking from the Margins - David Farrugia and Signe Ravn

Section 1: Inequalities: Education and Aspiration on the Margins

1. Peripheries Within the City: The Role of Place in Shaping Youth Educational Transitions and Identities - Aina Tarabini, Judith Jacovkis and Alejandro Montes

2. Disrupting the Discourse of Under-representation: The Place of Rural Students in Australian Higher Education Equity Policy - Sally Patfield, Jennifer Gore and Leanne Fray

3. Becoming a Young Organic Farmer in the Indian Punjab - Trent Brown

Section 2: Materialities: Spatiality and Sensory Embodiment

4. Reimagining Space, Reorganising Lives: Environmental activism in Myanmar - Johanna Garnett

5. ‘A Quiet Place’: The Natural Environment as a Sphere of (Non)Belonging for Refugee-background Young People in Regional Resettlement Locations - Caitlinn Nunn

6. Bright Lights, No City: Investigating Young People’s Suburban and Rural Drinkscapes - Laura Fenton, Claire Markham and Samantha Wilkinson

Section 3: Identities: Mobility, Rootedness and Belonging

7. Thinking Beyond the Neighbourhood and National Territory: Exploring Central American Migration from a Mobilities Perspective - Lirio del Carmen Gutiérrez Rivera

8. Youth Transitions and Spatiality: A Comparison Between Global Cities and Coastal Towns in the UK - Aniela Wenham

9. Homeownership Beyond the Metropolis: Housing and Rootedness in Regional Tasmania - Julia Cook, Helen Cahill and Dan Woodman

Section 4: Temporalities: Historicising Space and Place

10. Places of Belonging, Places of Detachment. Placemaking and Historical Consciousness in Contemporary Finnish Rural Youth - Kaisa Vehkalahti and Helena Pennanen

11. Backward Youth? Racist Trolling and Political (in)Correctness among Young People in Rural Sweden - Susanna Areschoug

12. At the Margins: The Persistent Inequalities of Youth, Place and Class - Rob MacDonald