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Connections. Narratives of youth’s social relations

Author(s): Anita Horkai
Subject(s): Education, Regional Geography, Higher Education , Evaluation research, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Education
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: Youth; Social relations; Youth cultures; Education;

Summary/Abstract: In 2006 and 2007 we undertook qualitative research and we studied youth cultures with regional aspects in North-East Hungary. The expansion of education provides opportunities for more and more students to take part in higher education – and this affects the character of youth cultures; we can observe those processes in Hungary too, which were a peculiarity in Europe beforehand. We have been able to establish via interviews experiences that there are generational differences and, because of these, generational problems can be found among youth cultures. As in 1999 there are many paradoxes and contradictory explanations, and this is why it is important to make use of semantic interviews when doing research into young people. Our interviewees had a very narrow social network; the smaller the town they live in, the smaller the social capital they have. The conscious developing of social capital is not a characteristic of college or university students – thus, they become lonelier in the mass education system. Relations with their parents have a stability as the main emotional and material support comes from them; young people have a respect for their parents – so they are not revolters, and if they mentioned a model for their life it was their parents’ life.

  • Issue Year: 19/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 264-273
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Hungarian