Youth Studies, Theory, and Everyday Life in Motion

  • Thomas Johansson
  • Marcus Herz
Part of the Young People and Learning Processes in School and Everyday Life book series (YPLP, volume 1)


This chapter brings the previous chapters together and develops some of the examples used from those chapters further by using Giddens’ discussions about the double hermeneutic in discussions about youth and theory. Giddens shows how the conceptual tools and perceptions used in social theory are gradually implemented into everyday life. Concepts and knowledge produced in scientific contexts seep into everyday life and become part of the meaning-making process. In this chapter, we will look more closely at how these translation processes contribute to constructing theoretical landscapes and conceptual tools in youth studies. By discussing the concepts of “girl power” and “young men as a problem,” as well as digital natives and unaccompanied youth, we will discuss the problems of contributing to stereotypical uses of conceptual tools involved in youth research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Johansson
    • 1
  • Marcus Herz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Education, Communication and LearningUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden

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