Living Contradictions: Young people and identities in changing times

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The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

120 Belsize Lane

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It is commonplace for analysts to comment on the impact and meaning of rapid social change. For young people, attention is paid to their dynamic engagement with social media and the contradictions of open social networks and online bullying. Young people have to meet increasingly high levels of accreditation and experience difficulties in finding employment and affording to establish their own households. Migration both links young people’s experiences of their localities and is a key site of difference among them. Equally, young people negotiate smaller-scale contradictions in their interactions and the ways in which they construct their identities.

In this talk Ann Phoenix will examine such contradictions by drawing on a range of narrative studies of young people, including 11-14 year old boys and masculinities in Helsinki, Finland, and families, young people and environments in India and the UK. Ann will argue that, in changing times, the contradictions that young people live and negotiate both signal social change and impel it. In doing so, they help to distinguish the meanings of homes for different generations and highlight areas of intergenerational change and differences in the way young people are positioned.

This is the first of a new annual lecture series on "Identities in Transition", in memory of Stephen Thomson

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