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Department of Sociology Colloquium
Start Date: 4/29/2015Start Time: 1:40 PM
End Date: 4/29/2015End Time: 2:50 PM
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Department of Sociology Colloquium
April 29th, 2015
Sociology Conference Area
Room 3232 North Hall
1:40-2:50 p.m.

Imagining a future after high school; A comparative ethnography of aspiration and age imaginaries in New York City and London.

Abstract:
In this paper I consider the emerging findings from a two-year comparative ethnography beginning in 2014, exploring the themes of imagined futures, aspiration and transitions into adulthood among school leavers in New York City and London. Building on my existing research into age and social identity, this research presents new theoretical perspectives on how the future is figured as part of the experience of schooling, in relation to other closely connected concepts including age, identity, personhood and aspiration.

Bio:
Dr. Patrick Alexander is a Fulbright-Peabody Scholar and Visiting Scholar at NYU. He is also Senior Lecturer in Education (Anthropology & Education) at Oxford Brookes University, UK, and College Lecturer in Anthropology at St. Hugh's College, University of Oxford. Patrick's research is located at the crossroads of anthropology, education and youth studies. His book Schooling and Social Identity: Coming of Age in 21st Century Britain (in press) explores the concept of age imaginaries in relation to social identity in an English secondary school.

Location Information:
North Hall
445 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
DR. Patrick Alexander

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