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Conceptual Threads

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This chapter analyses the multiple meanings and uses of the concept of belonging, its contradictions and affordances. It highlights the foundational work of Yuval-Davis in setting out definitions of the concept which have informed youth studies through a focus on the everyday; the relationship between identity and belonging, and ontologies of belonging. It discusses ontologies of belonging, which shift the focus from the everyday to forms of belonging that are anchored in a people’s collective, historical relationship with ancestors and the land through a spiritual connection, the binaries of subject/object, human/non-human. These discussions reveal the uses (and challenges) of the concept of belonging as a tool for analysing the complex, often messy worlds of young people.

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Harris, A., Cuervo, H., Wyn, J. (2021). Conceptual Threads. In: Thinking about Belonging in Youth Studies. Studies in Childhood and Youth. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-75119-7_3

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