ABSTRACT

I make some significant conceptual claims and theoretical developments in this book. I hope those new developments will contribute to youth studies, and more broadly, to a better understanding of cultural aspects of class in everyday life. The first point is to advocate for the concept of struggle; to acknowledge its different modalities; to use the idea of struggle to think about young people’s trajectories through social space and the way they make strategies to deal with the present and engage with the future. The second point is the theoretical intervention of bringing a Bourdieusian perspective to understandings of affect and emotion. The book concludes below with an invocation of the ‘future’ as a concept in and of itself. The proposal is made that the future should be considered as an affective element of the very notion of ‘youth’ in relation to struggle, and an indicator of possible considerations for attention in the field of youth studies.