European Sociological Association Conference, Murcia, Spain Sept 23-26 2003


The Research Network Youth and Generation in Europe was created at the end of the Budapest ESA conference, in 1993. It aimed at developing and sustaining contacts and collaboration between youth sociologists wide spread all over Europe. In order to achieve this target, the Youth and Generation research network use chiefly two instruments:

The email discussion list . Today more than 200 European youth sociologists are registered as member of this email forum. Thus, exchanges of information, discussions peer review can be made on a daily basis, following the members’ motivation.

The second opportunity is supplied by the congress of the European Sociological Association. For the 5th times, the research network will meet. Last time in Helsinki, 60 papers were presented during 10 sessions. The presentations reached a high quality standard and we would like to continue this work in Murcia, in September 2003.

 Over the 5 precedent conferences, papers covered a large range of ‘traditional’ youth sociology, such as :

Youth definitions
Transition from school to work,
Youth cultures and subcultures,
Youth values,
Youth delinquency
Social exclusion, poverty, marginalisation

Youth differenciation: gender, ethnicity, class,

We will welcome papers which treat of these various classical but relevant topics and will continue the work begun during the previous congress.

However this year’s conference in the European Sociological Association is held under the theme ‘AGEING SOCIETIES, NEW SOCIOLOGY’. The purpose is to develop research to investigate the new conditions in the rapid changing European societies. The major challenge to youth research is to build new theories to address the problems that confront young people in the changing societies. European youth face challenges from a globalizing world. It covers such issues as cosmopolitanism, world terrorism, European integration, individualization, gender, multiculturalism, ethnocentricity, unemployment, and poverty to mention a few.

Therefore on the conference in Murcia, special attention will be paid to proposals that deal with the following issues:

Redefinitions of generational relationships and new family patterns;

Youth in the uniting Europe: Emerging identities;

Towards a new youth sociology;

Confronting the challenges from:

 Transitional societies

 Youth migrants. 

 There are also plans to organize a joint session with other research networks at the ESA that specialize in issues regarding age and the life course, such as childhood and ageing research. The special session will provide a forum for sociologists studying various life-phases to share their diverse theoretical  and methodological approaches to age and the life-course, as well discuss the possibilities for more co-operation across divisions. Suggestions for contributions for this special session are welcome. This panel will be organized by Sinikka Aapola, University of Helsinki (

Youth researchers are warmly invited to send an abstract on a paper to be presented on the conference. Further, proposals for whole sessions are welcomed. Feel free to use the research network’s discussion list on the Internet to initiate such activities. Registered users can access the discussion list by sending a mail to

 Registration can be obtained on: (Click on the list ESA-YOUTH. )
If you are willing to chair a session or be a discussant, please indicate this when sending the abstract.
Send the abstract and other proposals to the research network coordinator who will examine the proposals in coordination with the RN board. Based on the proposals we will try to set up a conference program that will facilitate a fruitful and exciting gathering in Murcia.

Please send the abstract to

Jean Charles Lagrée:
and to Capitolina Diaz :

Before the 28th of February 2003

Papers of  high quality standard may be presented for publication to the editorial board of the journal of the European Sociological Association: «European Societies».