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Sociology and Anthropology

Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities, Shaping Contexts in an Interconnected World

Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities, Shaping Contexts in an Interconnected WorldBowdoin College
October 3-4, 2013

“Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities, Shaping Contexts in an Interconnected World” is a two-day symposium which will bring together leading scholars in sociology, anthropology, education, gender studies, gay and lesbian studies, Latino studies, and Africana studies, who work in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Participants will examine the myriad ways in which the activities and voices of youth impact contemporary politics, public culture, and social and interpersonal relationships. From classrooms to chat rooms, from sports teams to activist groups to gangs, this symposium will convene scholars studying the intersecting and overlapping contexts that adolescents navigate. “Adolescents in the Americas” will extend current scholarship by comparing and contrasting the influences of different contexts on adolescents’ identity development. As cultural constructions of adolescence shift, so do the ways individuals navigate structural factors.  Critical conversations in the field concerning gendered, regional, sociopolitical implications for practices and experiences will be addressed by examining identity formation in schools, communities, institutions and online.