Working Session: Pacific Youth: Pacific Futures
Organizer: Helen Lee
Pacific childhood and youth, in the islands and the diaspora, were the focus of this excellent session. This year we continued the discussions begun in 2017, with the presentation organized into several broad thematic areas: youth participation and empowerment; livelihoods/employment; and migration, wellbeing and identity. A number of other key themes emerged and our discussant Bob Franco helped draw these out.
Participants included:, Desiree Barron-Callaci, Larry Carucci, Mary K Good, Rachel Emerine Hicks, Tate LeFevre, Helen Lee, Veronica Miranda, Lila Moosad, David Oakeshott, Seipua (Sei) O'Brien, and Mary L. Spencer. Others who expressed interest in participating but were unable to attend include: Imelda Ambelye, Doris Bacalzo, Aidan Craney, Daniel Evans, Aaron Ferguson, Christopher Little, Caleb Panapa Marsters, Jemaima Tiatia-Seath and Patrick Vakaoti.
The intention is to move towards publication rather than continue the session in 2019. Participants are currently discussing publication options, including the possibility of an edited volume to follow up the ASAO monograph Adolescence in Pacific Island Societies (Herdt and Leavitt, eds, 1998).
Helen Lee, Department of Social Inquiry, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Victoria 3086, AUSTRALIA; <H.Lee@latrobe.edu.au>