CfP: “Young people, risk and opportunity across the globe”

Special Issue Title: Young people, risk and opportunity across the globe

Journal: Societies

Special Issue Editor: Howard Williamson

Deadline for abstract submissions: 1st February 2018

Deadline full paper: 1st August 2018


Guest Editor

Dr.  Howard Williamson




Youth studies, youth policy and youth work are on the move. Youth studies are being reworked and reformulated to strengthen perspectives from the ‘global south’ and to diminish the ascendancy of European, North American and Australian perspectives that have classically prevailed, as if to speak for the world. Youth policy, whatever that means, is at least on the map, with proponents arguing for more transversal and integrated policy responses to the issues facing young people, from technological change to the prevention of violent extremism. Youth work, in many parts of the world, has come in from the shadows to become – as a key vehicle for experiential and non-formal learning – a complement to formal education.

Much of this, however, hovers above the deep complexities and contradictions of young people’s lives as they play out and unfold within the shifting sands that frame the cultures and geographies of their communities and the changing economic and political winds within their societies.

Societies is calling for papers for a special edition that interrogates how young lives are ‘playing out’ and ‘working out’ – domestically, economically, politically and culturally – in different parts of the world.

If you are interested in making a significant contribution to the debate about young people in contemporary societies, please send an abstract of 300 words to The deadline for abstract submissions is 1st February 2018.  You will be notified as to whether we wish your abstract to be developed into a full paper.  The deadline for full paper submissions, for peer review, will be 1st August 2018.