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Making Sense of Intersecting Crises: Promises, Challenges, and Possibilities of Intersectional Perspectives in Youth Research

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Karenza MooreORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Springer, 2021.

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This special issue builds on conversations that began in a 2019 workshop on ‘Youth Intersections’ organised by the British Sociological Association’s (BSA) Youth Study Group. This dialogue continued across study group (virtual) meet-ups throughout the pandemic (2020–2021), as well as a Plenary held at the BSA annual conference 2021. Notable across these conversations among youth researchers was the role of COVID-19 in reproducing existing intersecting inequalities and representing a new crisis for young people already grappling with myriad contemporary crises. The articles in this special issue draw on interdisciplinary perspectives to examine how these intersecting crises are playing out in the lives of young people right now. Our contributors draw on research undertaken before and during the pandemic, surfacing how young people can (and are!) navigating intersecting crises in creative ways, and who and what is supporting them to do so. This special issue aims to expand the field of youth studies through centering lived experiences by thinking with young people about how we respond to the challenges to youth transitions and cultures these crises are creating. In doing so, this special issue concentrates on the ‘unprecedented’ current pandemic moment, whilst recognising continuities with past moments, and attending to the cumulative impact of crises on the (im)possible futures of young people.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Moore K, Hanckel B, Nunn C, Atherton S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Applied Youth Studies

Year: 2021

Volume: 4

Pages: 423-428

Print publication date: 01/11/2021

Online publication date: 20/12/2021

Acceptance date: 01/11/2021

Date deposited: 10/01/2022

ISSN (print): 2204-9193

ISSN (electronic): 2204-9207

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s43151-021-00066-0


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