Youth Abroad Shaping their Social Reality - The Question of Developing Transnational Social Networks.
This PhD research focuses on youth and their involvement in transnational processes. It deals with young people who live abroad during their school time, or more precisely: who participate in a school exchange programme for six months or a whole year.
Furthermore I will raise the question which consequences the stay abroad has for young people and their feeling of being “located in the world”. Is it possible that they establish and sustain a transnational social network and thereover develop a feeling of being located transnationally? The answers to these questions should finally support the initial hypothesis that especially youth, who are assumed to have the potential of innovation and change, are important initiators of and agents in transnational processes.
Dipl.-Päd. Anja Wrulich
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
FB 02 – Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft
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Wrulich, A. (2012): Transnationaler Schüleraustausch? Überlegungen zu einer transnationalen Perspektive auf die Internationale Jugendarbeit [wirking title]. In: Herz, A./Olivier, C. (eds.): Transmigration und Soziale Arbeit – theoretische Herausforderungen und gesellschaftliche Praxis. Grundlagen der Sozialen Arbeit. Baltmannsweiler, [forthcoming].
10/2011 “‚Families‘ beyond and across borders – young people and their social relationships”, at the Internationale Conference „Social Support on the Move. Transnational Social Work“ in Mainz/Germany (along with Katharina Mangold)
05/2010 “’I `ll go abroad!’ – About the importance of transnational family support for youth in school exchange programmes”, poster presentation at the International Conference: „Transnational Organization of Care“ in Taipeh/Taiwan