Youth, gender and change

Rachel Thomson

in Unfolding lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420510
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304104 | DOI:
Youth, gender and change

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This final chapter brings together theoretical, methodological, and empirical themes in an exploration of the ways in which reflexivity and agency operate within the four young lives explored in this book. It questions the opposition of tradition and innovation that is central to late-modern debates about agency and social changes. The chapter asks questions about the role of young people as agents of social change. It revisits the debates concerning the detraditionalisation of gender in order to understand the different forms of innovation encountered in these four lives. The chapter focuses on reflexivity, a concept that appears to transcend the conceptual boundaries between the individual, social, temporal, spatial, public, and private. In the final discussion of reflexive and heresy, it attempts to capture the four-dimensional sociology in which the young person and the social, temporal, and spatial are all simultaneously in play.

Keywords: theoretical themes; methodological themes; empirical themes; reflexivity; agency; young lives; tradition; innovation; young people; social change

Chapter.  4283 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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