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Geographical contexts and fields of possibilities for different generations: a theoretical journey

Grant number: 23/02493-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): January 15, 2024
Effective date (End): December 20, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:Nécio Turra Neto
Grantee:Nécio Turra Neto
Host Investigator: Peter Hopkins
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil
Research place: Newcastle University, England  


We tried to design geographies of youth experiences, considering that they vary both in terms of generations (in time) and in relation to geographic contexts (in space) that offer different fields of possibilities for experiencing the youth condition and outlining projects for the future. Experience that is crossed by the dimensions of class, race, and gender. Our central question is to understand how different generations who lived/lives their youthful experiences and designed/designs projects for the future in geographic contexts (in part instituted by the young people themselves) and according to the fields of possibilities present in different times? Without yet anchoring the research in any specific area, our intention is to build a theoretical framework that can contribute to support future empirical research that we intent to develop in Brazil, in small towns in the West of the State of São Paulo. As goals of this proposal for a Research Fellowship Abroad, we intend to: i) conceptually develop the idea of geographic context, a still imprecise term in youth studies; ii) access the debate that takes place in England about the relationships between youth, generation, and place, as well as between non-representational and representational theories in geography, and "assemblage thinking" in critical urban thinking. Also, we intend to explore the theories of life courses, quite developed in the Anglo-Saxon context; iii) and, from these theoretical developments, contribute to the consolidation of youth studies in Brazilian geography. (AU)

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