Leading scholars suggest that contemporary social processes and pressures have diminished the importance of ‘place’. In the wake of the powerful discourses around globalisation, place has been largely relegated to the ‘spatially oriented’ fields. This paper argues that this construct remains a valuable, though under exploited tool for understanding. It is proposed that the field of youth sociology is well positioned to lead a resurgence in a more overtly, heterogenous and multi dimensional understanding of place.
Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference 2005, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 05-08 December 2005