Youth (Sub)cultures in Changing Societies

Youth (Sub)cultures in Changing Societies
Centre for Lifestyles Studies
Institute for International and Social Studies, Tallinn University,
Tallinn, Estonia,
2-4 February 2011

Rapid technological developments, structural changes in the society and economic uncertainty influence lifestyles of young people. One of the possibilities for identification and belonging is participation in different youth cultures. Youth (sub)cultures are oriented towards choices in music, style, sports or politics, but at the same time determined by structural circumstances. As the media tends to focus on their negative aspects, distinctive youth lifestyles have often been associated with deviance. The latter is especially the case in Eastern Europe, where the society has for a long time been understood as homogeneous, and where a plurality of lifestyles has only recently began to surface.

The conference investigates the impact of choices and structural restrictions on youth cultures in times of social change. The main focus is on the question whether youth cultures are deviant or only distinctive lifestyles. Other questions concern, e.g., the role of youth cultures in multicultural society; the status of different youth (sub)cultures; and the changes that international subcultures undergo when being diffused to new societies – what do they tell about the host society?

Keynote speakers:
Andy Bennett – Youth Cultures and Ageing
Ross Haenfler – Deviance and Youth Subcultures
Paul Hodkinson – New Media and Youth Cultures
Hilary Pilkington – Youth Cultures in Eastern Europe
Mikko Salasuo – New and Old Approaches to Youth Cultures: The Scandinavian Case

The subject of the conference can be approached from different perspectives. In the 21st century, youth cultures are more diverse than ever, and all papers shedding new light on the topic are welcome. Selected papers of the conference will be published in the journal Studies of Transition States and Societies in a special issue on youth cultures. Abstracts should not be more than 200 words and include information about the theoretical framework of the research, the methodology employed, and the contribution of the paper.

Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to Maarja Kobin, by 30 September 2010 at the latest.
General inquiries regarding the event should be addressed to Airi-Alina Allaste,
More information on conference website .
Please distribute this call for papers to anybody who might be interested. Thank you!