28 - 31 August 2013
Torino, Italy

RN04 – Sociology of Children and Childhood

Coordinators:
Tom Cockburn t.d.cockburn@bradford.ac.uk Division of Social Science and Criminal Justice, University of Bradford, UK
Hanne Warming hannew@ruc.dk Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark

The Research Network aims to bring together scholars across Europe engaged in both theoretical and empirical work on children and childhood. There has been successful Sociology of Childhood Streams at the last seven ESA Conferences (1999 – 2011). The general theme of the 2013 conference is `Crisis, Critique and Change’, and the various sessions will address children’s lives and social relations in the context of societal change.

The Research Network has had a recent successful mid-term Symposium in Jyvåskylå, Finland in June 2012, where we had a number of important contributions to bring forward our sociological theorising of children and childhood. We would like to build on those theoretical insights and invite both theoretical and empirical abstracts on the following themes:

Sessions

Joint Sessions

  • 14_04JS28JS30Facets of Participation in Childhood and Youth: Exploring Sport Participation (1)(joined session)

    Joint session with RN28 – Society and Sports and RN30 – Youth and Generation

    Chair: Leena Haanpää <leena.haanpaa@utu.fi>, University of Turku Aurelie Mary <aurelie.mary@uta.fi>, University of Tampere Tom Cockburn <T.D.Cockburn@bradford.ac.uk>, Univertisy of Bradford

    Organized sport plays an important role in the development of today’s children and youth. However, drop out in sports is a growing phenomenon and an international cause of worry. This is a multifaceted phenomenon and seldom there is just one reason behind the decision of attrition. One of the major causes is time allocation. Time spent in sports competes with time spent for other daily activities, mainly school, studying/work, friends and other hobbies. Furthermore, the amount of sports trainings and the long trips to the trainings bring chronological pressure.

  • 15_04JS28JS30Facets of Participation in Childhood and Youth: Exploring Sport Participation (2)(joined session)

    Joint session with RN28 – Society and Sports and RN30 – Youth and Generation

    Chair: Aurelie Mary <Aurelie.Mary@uta.fi>, University of Tampere Tom Cockburn <T.D.Cockburn@bradford.ac.uk>, University of Bradford Leena Haanpää <lehaan@utu.fi>, University of Turku

    Organized sport plays an important role in the development of today’s children and youth. However, drop out in sports is a growing phenomenon and an international cause of worry. This is a multifaceted phenomenon and seldom there is just one reason behind the decision of attrition. One of the major causes is time allocation. Time spent in sports competes with time spent for other daily activities, mainly school, studying/work, friends and other hobbies. Furthermore, the amount of sports trainings and the long trips to the trainings bring chronological pressure.

  • 16_04JS28JS30Facets of Participation in Childhood and Youth: Exploring Sport Participation (3)(joined session)

    Joint session with RN28 – Society and Sports and RN30 – Youth and Generation

    Chair: Tom Cockburn <T.D.Cockburn@bradford.ac.uk>, University of Bradford Leena Haanpää <lehaan@utu.fi>, University of Turku Aurelie Mary <Aurelie.Mary@uta.fi>, University of Tampere

    Organized sport plays an important role in the development of today’s children and youth. However, drop out in sports is a growing phenomenon and an international cause of worry. This is a multifaceted phenomenon and seldom there is just one reason behind the decision of attrition. One of the major causes is time allocation. Time spent in sports competes with time spent for other daily activities, mainly school, studying/work, friends and other hobbies. Furthermore, the amount of sports trainings and the long trips to the trainings bring chronological pressure.

  • 99_04JS28JS30Facets of Participation in Childhood and Youth: sport’s drop out(joined session)

    Joint session with RN28 – Society and Sports and RN30 – Youth and Generation

  • 99_ex04JS28JS30Facets of Participation in Childhood and Youth: Exploring Sport Participation

    Joint session with RN28 – Society and Sports and RN30 – Youth and Generation

    Chairs: Leena Haanpää; Aurelie Mary & Tom Cockburn

    Organized sport plays an important role in the development of today’s children and youth. However, drop out in sports is a growing phenomenon and an international cause of worry. This is a multifaceted phenomenon and seldom there is just one reason behind the decision of attrition. One of the major causes is time allocation. Time spent in sports competes with time spent for other daily activities, mainly school, studying/work, friends and other hobbies. Furthermore, the amount of sports trainings and the long trips to the trainings bring chronological pressure.

    Particularly high is the withdrawal rate of adolescents. The existing literature suggests that the major reason for drop out lies in the fact that organized – both community, school, and privately run – sports actors cannot respond to the needs of adolescents. The early puberty is a critical turning point concerning the physical activity.

    Drop out session welcomes all researchers interested in sports participation to join the session. Both empirical and theoretical papers focusing on issues such as:

    • The relationship between sports/ physical activity participation and time allocation
    • Sports/physical activity and youth drop out -phenomenon
    • Reasons for sports/physical activity participation and non-participation

Thank you very much to all participants for making esa torino an outstanding conference.