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Identities, Youth and Belonging

International Perspectives

  • Sadia Habib
  • Michael R. M. Ward
  • Takes as its focus the ways in which young people understand and engage in their locales, spaces and institutions

  • Offers international and interdisciplinary perspectives

  • Adds to the youth studies canon through the exploration of underrepresented areas


Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sadia Habib, Michael R. M. Ward
    Pages 1-15
  3. Raquel Miño-Puigcercós, Pablo Rivera-Vargas, Cristóbal Cobo Romaní
    Pages 123-140
  4. Sadia Habib, Michael R. M. Ward
    Pages 195-212
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 213-218

About this book


This book contains empirical research from established and emerging scholars who draw upon interdisciplinary perspectives of space and place in order to investigate young people’s sense of identities and belongings in diverse international contexts.  The contributors aim to enhance our understanding of how theories of belonging are employed in the study of youth identity as these young people come to belong at a local, national, global, and even virtual level.  The collection draws on research in the rural, the urban, and online, showcasing key sites and communities that play a role in young people’s lives as they negotiate their sense of agency and sense of identity within the contexts of the locale.

Identities, Youth and Belonging will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including sociology, education, social policy, politics and geography.



London students migration refugees religion family school education

Editors and affiliations

  • Sadia Habib
    • 1
  • Michael R. M. Ward
    • 2
  1. 1.Independent ScholarManchesterUK
  2. 2.Swansea UniversitySwanseaUK

About the editors

Sadia Habib holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. 

Michael R M Ward is Lecturer in Social Sciences at Swansea University, UK.

Bibliographic information


“By focusing on space and place, the editors of this wide-ranging book have managed to find a way to grapple with structural concerns without losing the poststructural conception of identity as something subject to slippage and fluidity. It represents an effective way to consider the experience of groups of young people without framing their experience around stereotypes. This analysis disrupts established binary oppositional discourses around youth as either progressive and politically aware, or as self-centred neoliberal subject, reframing subjectivities as both individual and bounded by elements of a shared lived experience.” (Anna Carlile, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)