Back to the CCCS´ Youth cultures, leisure and social class
Sosiology University of Helsinki & Youth research network Helsinki, Finland
Latest discussions in youth studies have pondered if there is a relation between youth cultures, lifestyles and social class. In late 1970´s up to early1990's the work of CCCS (the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies) was popular among youth researchers in Nordic countries. Researchers from CCCS used terms such as subculture, counter culture and lifestyle which were seen as relating to their "parent culture" which was based on social class. In late 1990?s and 2000, following the waves of "post modernism", there was much criticism over their interpretations of youth cultures as being part of their parent culture, and youth cultures were seen instead as part of global consumer culture. However, lately, these assumptions have been questioned as well. In this paper I ask how the leisure time lifestyles and cultural practises of young people could be interpreted: Are they global with local interpretations and how they can be socially and culturally contextualised? Do they have any relation to social class? And how gender and ethnicity could help to understand these issues further?
This presentation is based on ongoing research project Leisure time and social relations of young people, which is funded by the Youth Research Network in Finland. The data will consist of around 50 interviews of young people, from 13 to 17 years old, as well as youth workers and others working with young people. The data also includes ethnographic encounters (short term field work) in chosen locations (youth houses etc) in Helsinki in South and Kajaani in North West of Finland.