Journal article

Reflections on the use of spatial and relational metaphors in youth studies

Hernan Cuervo, Johanna Wyn

Journal of Youth Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2014


This article makes a contribution to ongoing debate with youth studies about the frameworks and concepts that inform research and practice. It offers an analysis of the spatial metaphor of transition and the emerging relational metaphor of belonging. Noting that metaphor is an essential tool of theory, and that all theories illuminate particular elements of life and obscure others, it argues that there are elements of the transitions metaphor that have become entrenched as orthodoxies. These include the focus on youth-as-transition, the entrenchment of particular markers of progress and the tendency to see youth as a category [not in employment, education or training (NEET), for example]. Wh..

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