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Online Book Discussion Thinking About Belonging in Youth Studies

The third event of the CUYR speakers’ series in May aims at opening up a discussion on a recently published book, Thinking About Belonging in Youth Studies, with the participation of co-authors, CUYR affiliate Anita Harris, Hernan Cuervo and Johanna Wyn.

Thinking About Belonging in Youth Studies takes a global perspective to address the concept of belonging in youth studies, interrogating its emergence as a reoccurring theme in the literature and elucidating its benefits and shortcomings. While belonging offers new alignments across previously divergent approaches to youth studies, its pervasiveness in the field has led to criticism that it means both everything and nothing and thus requires deeper analysis to be of enduring value. The authors do this work to provide an accessible, scholarly account of how youth studies uses belonging by focusing on transitions, participation, citizenship and mobility to address its theoretical and historical underpinnings and its prevalence in youth policy and research.

Chair: Dr. David Farrugia, The University of Newcastle, Australia

David Farrugia is a CUYR affiliate and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Newcastle and a member of the Newcastle Youth Studies Network. His research has explored youth homelessness, rural youth, and youth, labour and identity, including regional youth unemployment and young people in the immaterial economy. His work demonstrates how young people’s identities contribute to the creation of economic value, and how the formation of labour forces emerges from young people’s identity practices.


Anita Harris, Professor, Deakin University, Australia

Anita Harris is a Research Professor and Chair in Sociology at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia, and the co-leader of the ‘Youth, Diversity and Wellbeing in a Digital Age’ research and program stream of its Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies. She is a sociologist specializing in youth citizenship in changing times, with a focus on cultural diversity, mobility, gender, social inclusion and civic engagement in a globalised, mobile world. She works within international debates in youth citizenship studies and especially new frameworks for understanding contemporary participatory practices in the context of migration, diversity and globalisation.

Hernan Cuervo, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia

Hernan Cuervo is an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) and Deputy Director of the Youth Research Centre, at the University of Melbourne. His research interests focus on sociology of youth, specifically in relation to youth transitions; on rural young lives, focusing on the tension between youth aspirations and belonging; and on theory of justice applied to rural educational issues. His most recent research project has focused on attraction and retention of teachers in rural schools.

Johanna Wyn, Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor Johanna Wyn is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Youth Research Centre and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Academy of Social Sciences, UK. She is engaged in multidisciplinary and multi-method research on the ways in which young people navigate their lives in a changing world, with a focus on the areas of transition, gender, well-being and inequality. Her work recognizes that young people are active citizens, cultural creators and active agents in learning and well-being.

Date & time:

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 7:00 pm (North America, EST)

Thursday, May 26, 2022, 9:00 am (Australian EST).

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