Generations, socialisation, and adult identity

On 13 September 2018, we hosted an Early Career workshop supported by the British Sociological Association, 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, the workshop brought together current PhD students, early career academics, and senior academics, in a stimulating day of discussion about the implications of contemporary trends for our understanding of primary and secondary socialisation.


9.45 – 10.15. Registration and coffee

10.15 – 11am. Keynote: Socialisation and Fear. Professor Frank Furedi, University of Kent. Chair: Professor Ellie Lee, University of Kent.

11 – 12.15. Panel session 1.

  • Surveillance and the parent-child relationship. Courtney Hagen Ford, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • An analysis of how contradictory pressures on parents in the ‘play debate’ serve to instrumentalise play. David Nash, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Common sense parenting: Differing standards, differing assumptions. Andrea Ford, University of Chicago
  • Growing up nonreligious. Rachael Shillitoe, University of York

12.15 – 1.15. Lunch

1.15 – 2. Keynote: What ‘Future in Mind’ for Youth? Psychologising the Crisis. Professor Val Gillies, University of Westminster. Chair: Tanya Portch, Graduate, Canterbury Christ Church University.

2 – 2.15. Coffee

2.15 – 3.30. Panel session 2. Chair: Dr Julia Carter, University of the West of England.

 Shifts and continuities of the parental responsibilities in the Montessori system. Gergana Nikolaeva Nenova, Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, Bulgaria

  • Extended education and the impact on parenting decisions for teenaged women.  Route to social mobility or milestone to adulthood?  Sarah Bekaert, Oxford Brookes University
  • Generational encounters in Higher Education. Anwesa Chatterjee, Canterbury Christ Church University

3.30 – 3.45. Closing remarks. Jennie Bristow, Canterbury Christ Church University


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