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Sociology of Youth
Call for Papers, South African Review of Sociology
Special Edition 2014
Abstracts: May 31, 2013

The South African Sociological Association (SASA) is represented in Research Committee 34 Sociology of Youth at the International Sociological Association. SASA is a partner with the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and jointly they are developing theory and practice of youth sociology and youth research at an international level. Accordingly, the special edition of SARS 2014 Sociology of Youth, aims to contribute to this project.

The BRICS countries are cooperating economically and politically, providing the international sociological community with wide-ranging opportunities for youth research. The Sociology of Youth is therefore located within the different stages of change in the partner countries: China and Russia have moved away from communist to post-communist economies; Brazil has experienced regime change from dictatorship to democracy; India is balancing rapid growth and acute poverty; and South Africa is building a developmental state. Contributing papers should be located in the South African context. Additionally, the sub-themes below, (which cut across the BRICS counties), should undergird contributing papers.


1. Concepts, demographic characteristics and assumptions about SA youth

2. Identity and generation

3. Consumption and leisure

4. Family, marriage and sexuality

5. State and political values

6. Education and employment

7. Internet participation and communication

Finally, the approach to the Sociology of Youth seeks to unite professional knowledge, scientific consciousness, and social commitment to work on problems and issues of youth. Contributing papers should therefore expand upon the following proposed foci: priorities, continuities and ruptures. In other words, papers must lead to an understanding of changing priorities; identify undetected and/or un-researched movements; and set out future concerns and challenges for youth research.

Guest editors:

Jayanathan Govender (Department of Sociology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Council member of the South African Sociological Association)

Tom Dwyer (University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil and President of the Brazilian Sociological Association)


Abstracts: 31 May 2013

Papers: 30 August 2013

Please email submissions to
International Sociological Association