Journal article

Fresh contact: Youth, migration, and atmospheres in India

Jane Dyson

ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING D-SOCIETY & SPACE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

This paper uses long-term research in an Indian village to develop Karl Mannheim’s notion of each generation’s ‘fresh contact’ with their inherited social and environmental setting. I examine how a generation of young people re-apprehend their local environment following a period of migration. I argue that young people aged between 25 and 34 who have lived outside their locality re-appraise their village economically and spiritually when they return home. I point to the social nature of this ‘fresh contact’, its spatial character, and the high degree of reflexivity that young men display in discussing their own agency as a generation – a point that emerged especially clearly in their discuss..

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Grants

Awarded by Economic and Social Research Council


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ES/J011444/1) and by the Australian Research Council (DP 170104376).