Postcolonial Spaces

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


This chapter discusses the impact of postcolonialism on youth studies and research on young people’s lives. It focuses particularly on how young people’s lives are affected by racialization and the social constructions of race, but also on how research on youth has traditionally been criticized for ignoring such race relations, ethnicity, and power relations. The chapter discusses and exemplifies these questions by using several points of departure, both theoretical and empirical, in relation to the three theoretical branches of youth research. For instance, are concepts such as “being stopped” and various processes of “othering” being used both to put theories of youth culture and transitions into motion and to further develop how we approach learning in young people’s everyday lives?


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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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