(Re)Imagining Youth: A Comparative Sociology of Youth Leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong


(Re)Imagining Youth will analyse youth leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong in historical and cross-cultural perspective, drawing on a qualitative, comparative case-study design. Building on landmark sociological research from the 1960s (Jephcott 1967, 1971), the study will explore socio-cultural meanings and changing experiences of youth leisure in two case-study locations, with a particular focus on themes of youth transition, leisure space and ‘risky’ behaviours. Approximately 150 young people aged 16-24 years will participate in the project and methods utilised will include ethnographic observations, stakeholder interviews, focus group discussions and oral history interviews with young people, visual methods (drawing and photography) and on-line interviews (utilising digital and social media).

Project Dates
1 September 2013 to 31 August 2015

Economic and Social Research Council (£99,983)
Research Grants Council, Hong Kong (HK$349,998)

Project website: http://reimaginingyouth.wordpress.com
: @imaginingyouth