28 - 31 August 2013
Torino, Italy

RN30 – Youth and Generation

Coordinator:
Tracy Shildrick t.a.shildrick@tees.ac.uk Teesside University, UK

It is becoming clear that young people are feeling some of the most damaging effects of the current global recession and economic crisis. We hear much talk of a new ‘lost generation’ and in many countries evidence is emerging which suggests that this younger generation will be the first to experience a decline in living standards compared to that of their parents. At the same time, the long standing view that young people also impose risks on wider societies, though their actions, behaviours and lifestyle choices, remains high on many political agendas. We are seeing too, that many young people, as well as older groups, are taking to the streets in noisy and sometimes violent protest at government spending cuts. Youth researchers have long been skilled at demonstrating the complex ways in which various inequalities impact on young people’s transitions to adulthood and now researchers are starting to directly address such questions in the context of the current crisis.

We invite the submission of papers which address any aspects of young people’s identities and experiences but would encourage those that reflect specifically in some way on the current economic crisis (both current and into the future). The following are indicative suggestions:

Sessions

Joint Sessions

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

    Joint session with RN04 – Sociology of Children and Childhood and RN28 – Society and Sports

    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 RN04 – Sociology of Children and Childhood and RN28 – Society and Sports

    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 RN04 – Sociology of Children and Childhood and RN28 – Society and Sports

    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 RN04 – Sociology of Children and Childhood and RN28 – Society and Sports

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

    Joint session with RN28 – Society and Sports and RN04 – Sociology of Children and Childhood

    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.