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International Sociological Association
Research Committee on Sociology of Youth RC34
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The ISA was founded 1948 in close cooperation with UNESCO's Research Department.  As peace education and youth issues were in the forefront of the postwar, socio-political legacy of this foundation, many of the first officers of ISA were also youth sociologists.  But in 1975 the RC 34 was established as a specialized branch of ISA.

The RC 34 was from the beginning not only a network for pure academic youth research, but also committed to the original heritage of social and political responsibility.  This implies standing partnership with multilateral organisations aiming at conflict resolution, peace and the development of civic society.  It is also the policy of RC 34 to invite for membership and participation colleagues from other disciplines as well as practitioners in the youth fields, and then to serve as a global, interdisciplinary network and meeting place for youth issues in general.

The Committee is built on associational principles of individual membership, formal statutes, a General Meeting every fourth year at the World Congresses, also electing a Board running the RC between the Congresses.

The work is built on regional Vice-Presidencies running their activities and networking in various areas of the world, and a Bureau taking care of the membership services and general, strategic affairs connected to the Presidency.  An Advisory Board is appointed by the Board, as a body for special experiences and strategic competence in the field.

The aim of RC34 is to contribute to the development of theory and practice of youth sociology and youth research on an international level, uniting professional knowledge, scientific consciousness, and social commitment of its members to work on problems and issues of youth on a local, regional, and international level.

pdf file Statutes

RC34 website

Board 2014-2018
Ani WIERENGA, The Dusseldorp Forum, Australia,
Vinid CHANDRA and Clarence BATAN (Asia, including China & Japan)
Jeylan MORTIMER (North America)
Rosa Maria CAMARENA (Latin America)
Maurice DEVLIN and Natalie WAECHTER (Europe, including Russian Federation)
Sharlene SWARTZ (Africa, including Near East & Middle East)
Dan WOODMAN (Australia, New Zealand & Oceania)
Organizational Secretary and Treasurer
Howard WILLIAMSON, University of South Wales, United Kingdom,
Newsletter Editor, IBYR
Maurizio MERICO,
James COTE, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Past Boards

International Bulletin on Youth Research

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2014 PDF file PDF file
2013 PDF file PDF file
2012 PDF file PDF file
2011 PDF file PDF file


Trans-national (institutional) cooperation
RC 34 has an institutional cooperation with UN (Headquarters), with Unesco and the Council of Europe, also at their regional and sub-regional actions. The cooperation aims at consultancy and more direct involvement in the processes of improved
relationships between youth research and youth policies.

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