P015
Youth and social movements

Convenors:
Airi-Alina Allaste (Tallinn University)
Mikko Lagerspetz (Åbo Akademi University)
Stream:
Panels
Location:
S-236
Start time:
3 August, 2014 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Session focuses broadly on social movements and forms of subactivism among young people who are crucial agents of social change. Papers that explore any form of it will be considered for the session.

Long abstract:

The economic crisis has restricted the younger generation's opportunities in the labour market and its access to welfare, pushing many to a marginalised position in society. Participation in new social movements and/or different sub-activism (small-scale, often individual, decisions and actions that have either a political or ethical frame of reference) have become one of the young people's answers to the Chrisis. As stated by Ulrich Beck more than a decade ago, social movements are taking the initiative in defining social risks and offering solutions to them. Today, technological developments also enable participation in international communities, movements and ohter activities engaged in lifestyle politics. New (political) worldviews spread quickly to different locations. The session focuses broadly on social movements and subactivism among young people who are crucial agents of social change. Besides formal organisations, there is a growing body of decentralised activities which aim to change cultural codes, enagge in lifestyle politics, and prtomote new forms of collective identity as means of fostering social change. Papers that explore any form of young people's movements and subactivism will be considered for the session.