Youth, social class and privilege in the antipodes: Towards a new research agenda for youth sociology

Alan France, Steve Roberts, Bronwyn Wood

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In recent decades, youth sociology in the antipodes has paid inadequate attention to social class and the question of privilege. We critique narrow and utilitarian ways that social class has been analysed in the antipodes, arguing that the primary focus on the marginalised has overlooked the significance of privilege in perpetuating and maintaining social reproduction. While there is some evidence of a growing interest in the subjective experiences of class, we propose a new research agenda for youth sociology in the antipodes which includes a much more explicit focus on class and approaches that recognise its complex, longitudinal and intersectional nature, and its relationship with privilege. As an example of how such a research agenda could be developed, we conclude by drawing upon the work of Pierre Bourdieu to show how his theoretical tools can provide deeper insights into how privilege operates through institutional and intergenerational processes

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-380
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Sociology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • age groups
  • Australia
  • Bourdieu
  • New Zealand
  • privilege
  • social class
  • youth

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