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Ethnicity 2015 : Ethnic minority youth, drugs, gangs and street life


When Sep 29, 2015 - Oct 1, 2015
Where Aarhus University
Submission Deadline Jun 1, 2015

Call For Papers

Today, issues and concerns about immigration have become increasingly contentious themes in public and political debates. Within these debates, ethnic minority youth have been pointed out as particularly problematic because of their seeming involvement in youth gangs, drug dealing and serious crime. Such developments have been identified as a particularly troubling reflection of the difficulties of successfully integrating immigrant populations.

However, in spite of increased concerns, media attention, and law enforcement initiatives directed at ethnic minority youth groups and drug sales and drug use, only limited research has been conducted in the Nordic countries. However, recent developments within sociology, anthropology and cultural studies have raised important theoretical issues concerning the appropriateness of contemporary social science classifications of ethnic divisions.

These developments have attempted to re-conceptualize ethnicity within post-modernist thought, and contemporary debates of the usefulness of such concepts as the “new ethnicities” are hotly debated. Such theories have been developed in opposition to more culturally essentialist notions of ethnic identity as unitary, fixed and unchanging.

The approach of the conference is broad and inclusive. We welcome all researchers, regardless of discipline, who have an interest in studying ethnic minority youth, and especially those conducting work on the role of drug consumption, ethnic identity, youth gangs, notions of masculinity and femininity, street cultures, resistance, drug policy and drug sales. In doing so, we aim to encourage developments not only in the field of drug research but also within ethnicity and ethnic minority studies.

Suggested themes include the following:

drugs – both drug sales and drug use
street life
youth gangs
gender – femininity and masculinity
street cultures and resistance
drug policy
cross-national comparison

Abstracts should consist of no more than 250 words and should be given 3-5 keywords. Please remember to note your name and contact details on the abstract.

Participants who wish to collectively arrange a paper session around a specific theme are invited to submit a joint proposal for this. The joint proposal should include a title for the session, name of the session chair and/or contact person and abstracts for all the papers that will be included in the session (provided that they are accepted by the Scientific Committee).

Please note that despite the collective submission, abstracts are assessed individually. Remember to note the information requested below (author name and affiliation, keywords, etc.) for each abstract. Paper sessions (90 minutes) should ideally contain three presentations.

Abstracts will be assessed by the scientific committee and potential attendees will be notified by the end of June 2015 as to whether their paper has been accepted and for those who have been successful they will be asked to submit a full paper (maximum 16 pages) by 4 September 2015.

All papers will be assigned a discussant, who will receive the paper in a timely manner prior to the conference to enable them to prepare comments. The discussant will be allowed 10 minutes to discuss the paper. Each oral presentation will be allowed 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions.

Conference papers should clearly articulate a theoretical approach to analysing ethnicity. Conference papers that focus on empirical data, must also include a theoretical and analytical perspective.

After the conference, the journal Drugs: education, prevention and policy will publish a special issue featuring selected papers from the conference.

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