This edited collection brings together scholars who draw on phenomenological approaches to understand the experiences of young people growing up under contemporary conditions of globalization. Phenomenology is both a philosophical and pragmatic approach to social sciences research, that takes as central the meaning-making experiences of research participants. One of the central contentions of this book is that phenomenology has long informed critical empirical approaches to youth cultures, yet until recently its role has not been thusly named. This volume aims to resuscitate and recuperate phenomenology as a robust empirical, theoretical, and methodological approach to youth cultures. Chapters explore the lifeworlds of young people from countries around the world, revealing the tensions, risks and opportunities that organize youth experiences.

chapter 1|19 pages


Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meaning in Changing Times

part 1|74 pages


chapter 2|30 pages

Translocality, Imagination and the Political

A Hermeneutic Exploration of Youth Media Initiatives from India and Palestine 1

chapter 3|24 pages

Performing Patriarchy

Indian Girls (En)gender a Social Imaginary

part 2|85 pages

Experience and Meaning-Making

chapter 5|19 pages

“When the Soil Is Just Right—It Has to Feel Like This”

Peasant Youth of Northeastern Argentina: Experiences and Understanding

chapter 6|16 pages

(Re)scripting Barbie

Postphenomenology and Everyday Artefacts

chapter 8|26 pages

Phenomenological Passports

Youth and Experiences of Place, Mobility and Globalization

part 3|95 pages

Embodiment and Temporality

chapter 10|23 pages

Past, Present, Future Encounters

Bodies That Travel, Bodies That Stay

chapter 11|18 pages

The Phenomenology of Authenticity Work

Merleau-Ponty and the ‘Dissonant Sound' of The Clash

chapter 12|23 pages

Against All Odds

Making Underground Music in Iran