Perspectives on Social Reproduction
8 and 9 June 2011
The University of Sydney, Australia

The symposium will focus on young lives as a way of theorising society, particularly the way the contemporary social world is being re-shaped – in cosmopolitan conditions, and in marginal or ‘remote’ locations. We hope to explore aspects of cultural, political, economic and emotional dynamics operating in social reproduction.

We invite papers that engage questions such as: what is the impact of globalisation on the everyday life of children and youth? How are gender roles and other particular elements of social identity learned as forms of work are radically changing? How do pressures towards modernisation impact upon family process in diverse cultural settings? How are minority or subordinate people’s childhoods under pressure to change? What do cultural identity and political experience mean for children and youth? We are assuming that different papers will reflect the tensions that exist between varied interpretations – those that focus on economic, political and symbolic systems on the one hand, and those who argue for the primacy of a person-centred anthropology, where young people appear as ‘active agents.’

Please send Title and Abstracts to before Saturday 30 April 2011.

Conveners: Gillian Cowlishaw; Ute Eickelkamp; Anjalee Cohen


CFP – Young Lives, Changing Times