Youth, Space and Time

Agoras and Chronotopes in the Global City


Volume Editors: Carles Feixa, Carmen Leccardi, and Pam Nilan
This book engages with the experience of space and time in youth cultures across the world. Putting together contemporary case studies on young transnationalists, young glocals and young protesters in cities on the five continents, it analyzes new agoras and chronotopes in global cities. It is based on a selection of papers first presented to the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee 34 session on Youth Cultures, Space and Time that took place during the ISA World Congresses of Sociology in Gothenburg, Sweden (2010), and in Yokohama, Japan (2014). The value of this volume for youth researchers worldwide is twofold. Firstly, the chapters exemplify innovative approaches to understanding the fluid and dynamic urban space-time dimension in which young people’s cultural and bodily practices are located. Secondly, the volume offers a transnational perspective. Chapter contributors come from countries across the world, and give account of very diverse youth culture phenomena. They represent both established researchers and new voices in youth research.

Contributors are: Óscar Aguilera Ruiz, Ilenya Camozzi, Carles Feixa, Vitor Sérgio Ferreira, Liliana Galindo Ramírez, Elham Golpoush-Nezhad, Leila Jeolás, Jeffrey J. Juris, Hagen Kordes, Sofia Laine, Carmen Leccardi, Pam Nilan, Jordi Nofre, Ndukaeze Nwabueze, Luca Queirolo Palmas, Yannis Pechtelidis, Geoffrey Pleyers, José Sánchez García, Mahmood Shahabi.

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Carles Feixa is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Lleida (Catalonia-Spain). He is the author of several books including De jovenes, bandas y tribus (On Youth, Gangs and Tribes, Ariel, 1998, 5th edition 2012), and Global Youth? Hybrid Identities, Plural Worlds (edited with Pam Nilan, Routledge, 2006).

Carmen Leccardi is Professor of Cultural Sociology at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). Her latest books include Sociologie del tempo (Sociologies of Time, Laterza, 2009) and A New Youth? Young People, Generations and Family Life (edited with Elisabetta Ruspini, Ashgate, 2006).

Pam Nilan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Newcastle (Australia). She has published three books on youth: Global Youth? Hybrid Identities, Plural Worlds (edited with Carles Feixa, Routledge, 2006), Australian Youth (Pearson, 2007), and Adolescents in Contemporary Indonesia (with L. Parker, Routledge, 2013).
List of Tables, Figures and Maps
List of Contributors
Introduction: Chronotopes of Youth
Carles Feixa, Carmen Leccardi and Pam Nilan


Carmen Leccardi

1. Young progressive activists in Europe: Scales, identity and agency
Geoffrey Pleyers

2. Young people on the move: Cosmopolitan strategies in the transition to adulthood
Ilenya Camozzi

3. Forming Agora chronotopes from young people's political participation in transnational meetings
Sofia Laine

4. Atlantic Latino gangs. La Raza Latina, transnationalism and generations
Luca Queirolo Palmas

5. Youth cultures in the new century: Cultural citizenship and cosmopolitanism
Carmen Leccardi


Pam Nilan

6. Juvenilising cultures: Illegal and legal road racing in Londrina, Brazil
Leila Jeolás and Hagen Kordes

7. The tattooed young body: A body still under suspicion?
Vitor Sérgio Ferreira

8. Hip-hop culture and youth in Lagos: The interface of globalisation and identity crisis
Ndukaeze Nwabueze

9. Rap music and youth cultures in Iran: Serious or light?
Mahmood Shahabi and Elham Golpoush-Nezhad

10. Space, time and symbol in urban Indonesian schoolboy gangs
Pam Nilan


Carles Feixa

11. Occupying school buildings in the Greece of The Memorandum: Discursive formations around pupils' political activism
Yannis Pechtelidis

12. From hara to midam: Public spaces of youth in Cairo
José Sánchez García

13. Geographies of the European Spring: The case of #SpanishRevolution
Jordi Nofre

14. Youth movements, politics of identity and battles for visibility in neoliberal Chile: Penguin Generations
Óscar Aguilera Ruiz

15. The network as chronotope: Internet and political practices in the Colombian student movement MANE and Occupy São Paulo
Liliana Galindo Ramírez

16. Reflections on #Occupy everywhere: Social media, public space, and emerging logics of aggregation
Jeffrey J. Juris

Postscript: Youthtopia and the Chronotopical Imagination
Carles Feixa, Carmen Leccardi and Pam Nilan

Michel Wieviorka

Academics and researchers in youth studies, postgraduate students in urban studies, sociology of time, sociology of generations, undergraduate students in anthropology and sociology, high school teachers, youth workers, practitioners on youth policies.