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Reflexivity of contemporary youth, risk and cultural capital

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posted on 2024-03-28, 03:59 authored by S Threadgold, Pam NilanPam Nilan
Using research examples, this article expands the theoretical premise that the `new' reflexivity constitutes an element of cultural capital for contemporary youth. Employing the sociological ideas of cultural capital, habitus, reflexivity and risk, the authors propose that Beck's notion of `risk' provides a useful way of understanding what drives the development of this reflexivity in the habitus of groups of young people, especially negotiation of risk. However, the emergence of this new reflexivity in youth habitus does not diminish the importance of socioeconomic class as some proponents of reflexive modernization claim. Quite the contrary. The capacity for reflexive negotiation of future risks, both real and perceived, has become another form of what Bourdieu calls embodied cultural capital — which remains inequitably distributed along class lines.

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Journal

Current Sociology

Volume

57

Pagination

47-68

ISSN

0011-3921

eISSN

1461-7064

Language

en

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

1

Publisher

SAGE Publications

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