Modernization as lived experience
This project will explore identity constructions of young men and women in two contrasting societies, China and Norway, through a three-generational comparison.
About the project
It is widely observed that due to the modernizing and globalizing forces, the contexts in which young people in contemporary societies do their ‘identity work’ differ fundamentally from previous generations, which may have significant implications for intercultural contact, community building, democracy, civic engagement and social integration, hence the future of our world. However, due to paucity of research, especially comparative studies, it remains unclear how youth are actually negotiating modern identities within their local contexts, where local socio-cultural dynamics may be interacting with global forces in locally-specific ways.
This project will explore identity constructions of young men and women in two contrasting societies, China and Norway, through a three-generational comparison. In so doing, it will examine generational changes and continuities as well as cross-cultural differences and similarities in young people’s gender conceptions and gender practices in the light of the dynamic interaction between the local and global cultural forces. It will further explore the implications that the emerging gender identities can have for social relations, citizenship, social inclusion and exclusion, intercultural contact and education.
Located at the intersection of youth, gender, generation, culture and social transformation, this interdisciplinary comparative project will shed light on the changing dynamics of the social relations in the two countries in the globalization era.