Université de Fribourg

Hoops and Coming of Age in Greek and Roman Antiquity

Dasen, Véronique

In: Toys and Material Culture. Hybridisation, Design and Consumption. 8th International Toy Research Association World Conference, 2019, p. 1-21

Ancient hoops, usually made of wood or metal, do not survive archaeologically, but literary and iconographic representations provide information regarding the materials used, ergonomics, as well as their symbolic and cultural values. Hoops were intimately associated with youth, especially male, and this paper aims at expanding the understanding of their collective, social and religious dimensions...

Université de Neuchâtel

Western African Student Migration: A Response to the Globalisation of Knowledge

Efionayi-Mäder, Denise ; Piguet, Etienne

In: Revue internationale de politique de développement, 2014, vol. 5, p. 1-12

While European countries have devoted considerable resources to efforts to block the flow of irregular migration, they have at the same time been vying with one another to attract the best minds and solve the problem of demographic ageing. How do African students navigate through such contradictory policies? This chapter discusses the plans for international migration as expressed by university...

Université de Neuchâtel

An 8-Item Short Form of the Inventory of Dimensions of Emerging Adulthood (IDEA) Among Young Swiss Men

Baggio, Stéphanie ; Iglesias, Katia ; Studer, Joseph ; Gmel, Gerhard

In: Evaluation & The Health Professions, 2014, vol. 38, no. 2, p. 246-254

Emerging adulthood is a period of life transition, in which youths are no longer adolescents but have not yet reached full adulthood. Measuring emerging adulthood is crucial because of its association with psychopathology and risky behaviors such as substance use. Unfortunately, the only validated scale for such measurement has a long format (Inventory of Dimensions of Emerging Adulthood...

Université de Neuchâtel

Gender Equality as ‘Cultural Stuff’ : Ethnic Boundary Work in a Classroom in Switzerland

Duemmler Kerstin ; Moret, Joëlle ; Dahinden, Janine

(Working Papers MAPS ; 8)

The idea of boundary work has become a key concept in studies on ethnicity and provides new theoretical insights into the social organisation of cultural difference. People articulate ethnic boundaries in everyday interactions using conceptual distinctions to construct notions of ‘us’ and ‘them’. This study is based on an empirical case study (ethnographic fieldwork, interviews) with...

Université de Neuchâtel

Uses of symbolic resources in youth: Moving from qualitative to quantitative approach

Stanković, Biljana ; Baucal, Aleksandar ; Zittoun, Tania

In: Psihologija, 2009, vol. 42, no. 4, p. 437-457

Youth is a period of intense changes during which young people engage in various transitions resulting in theirs acquisition of a longer time perspective and a system of orientation, enabling to set priorities and values, and to guide their actions accordingly. In a socio-cultural theoretical background, both the establishment of values and the ability to think time require some psychological...

Université de Neuchâtel

Symbolic resources and responsibility in transitions

Zittoun, Tania

In: Young, 2007, vol. 15, no. 2, p. 193-211

Since youth transitions have been redefined as flexible periods of change, it becomes difficult to conceptually distinguish them from any other transition period in people's life. Transitions are here defined as involving three types of interdependent processes (social relocation, knowledge construction and meaning-making). From a cultural psychological perspective, youth transitions can be...