Figures in Space, Figuring Space: Towards a Spatialsymbolic Framework for Understanding Youth Cultures and Identities – Københavns Universitet

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09. februar 2017

Figures in Space, Figuring Space: Towards a Spatialsymbolic Framework for Understanding Youth Cultures and Identities

Associate Professor Jakob Demant together with his colleague Signe Ravn contributed to the journal YOUNG with the article "Figures in Space, Figuring Space: Towards a Spatialsymbolic Framework for Understanding Youth Cultures and Identities".

The article argues for a need for spatial analyses in the study of youth cultures and youth subjectivities. With this aim, Signe Ravn and Jakob Demant propose a theoretical framework drawing on concepts from cultural class analysis in combination with concepts from human geography.
Empirically, the article is based on 10 focus groups with young people (n = 80) in four different parts of Denmark. The interviews included a photo elicitation exercise and the analysis in this article focuses on one particular picture of two young 'hipster' men. By using the figure of the hipster as an analytical case, the article illustrates how individual and spatial identities are co-constructed, not just alongside each other (relationally) but also hierarchically. Hence, 'place-making practices' are also 'people-making practices' and vice versa. Through this, the article engages with discussions in youth studies as well as in human geography about the importance of paying attention to structural inequalities.

Jakob Demant: Figures in Space, Figuring Space: Towards a Spatialsymbolic Framework for Understanding Youth Cultures and Identities, YOUNG, vol. 24.