Call for papers: Generations, socialisation, and adult identity


The aim of this BSA Early Career event is to bring together Early Career Researchers and senior academics to discuss contemporary tensions in the socialisation of children. These tensions, such as whether children are growing up ‘too fast’ in an age of social media, or are ‘too sheltered’ in an age of helicopter parenting, have become topics of recent sociological exploration. Building on established research on the blurring of boundaries between home and school, this event aims to understand the implications for our understanding of primary and secondary socialisation.

Keynote talks

  • Val Gillies – Professor of Social Policy/Criminology, University of Westminster
  • Frank Furedi – Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Kent


Proposals might address (but need not be limited to) the following themes:

  • Helicopter parents and children’s ‘failure to launch’
  • The medicalisation of childhood
  • Teachers and parents: who’s responsible for what?
  • Intergenerational inequalities: claims, causes, and consequences
  • Intimacy, adulthood, and rites of passage
  • Social media and the boundaries of childhood
  • Child protection and risk avoidance
  • Socialisation – what values?

When and Where

Canterbury Christ Church University, 13 September 2018.

Deadline and Costs

  • Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Jennie Bristow by 1 June 2018.
  • Attendance costs: BSA members £5, Non-BSA Members £15.
  • Refreshments will be provided.


Further information and booking

Please see the British Sociological Association website to book your place.


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