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Learning to lead: the transition from youth to adult within the Swedish scout movement
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2016 (English)In: World Leisure Journal, ISSN 0441-9057, E-ISSN 1607-8055, Vol. 58, no 1, 12-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present article is to explore how members transit from participants to leaders within Swedish scouting. It is a contribution to the ongoing discussion about the continued involvement of older participants within youth cultures [Bennett, A. (2006). Punk's not dead: The continuing significance of punk rock for and older generations of fans. Sociology40, 219–235; Bennett, A., & Hodkinson, P. (2012). Ageing and youth cultures: Music, style and identity. London: Berg; Davis, J. R. (2006). Growing up punk: Negotiating aging identity in a local music scene. Symbolic interaction29(1), 63–69; Hodkinson, P. (2011). Ageing in a spectacular “youth culture”: Continuity, change and community amongst older goths. The British Journal of Sociology62(2), 262–282], through investigating a different case; that of a youth organization. Both educators, who take charge, as well as participants taking part in scout leadership courses, have been interviewed. The present study demonstrates there is an end to childhood and youth within scouting. In order to stay involved, the participant has to become a leader. Paradoxically, though, no significant difference between being a scout and a leader is however experienced. The only difference is that the member has to be more responsible as a scout leader. None of the informants, however, mention responsibility as their main motive for continued participation. Rather, the main motive for volunteering as leaders seems to be the prospect of remaining scouts. Through becoming a leader, the scout is able to stay a scout and concomitantly; to stay youthful.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med artikeln är att utforska hur scouter övergår från att vara medlemmar till att bli ledare i den svenska scoutrörelsen. Artikeln är ett bidrag till en pågående diskussionen om äldre som trots sin ålder fortsätter att vara aktiva inom olika ungdomskulturer [Bennett, A. (2006). Punk's not dead: The continuing significance of punk rock for and older generations of fans. Sociology, 40, 219–235; Bennett, A., & Hodkinson, P. (2012). Ageing and youth cultures: Music, style and identity. London: Berg; Davis, J. R. (2006). Growing up punk: Negotiating aging identity in a local music scene. Symbolic interaction, 29(1), 63–69; Hodkinson, P. (2011). Ageing in a spectacular ‘youth culture’: Continuity, change and community amongst older goths. The British Journal of Sociology, 62(2), 262–282]. Här undersöks istället en traditionell ungdomsorganisation. Ledarutbildare samt deltagare i scoutledarutbildningar har intervjuats. Studien visar att det finns “ett slut” när man inte längre kan vara verksam som barn och ung i scoutrörelsen. För att fortsätta sitt engagemang måste scouten bli ledare. Paradoxalt nog upplevs ingen större skillnad mellan att vara scout eller ledare. Det enda som skiljer är att ledaren har mer ansvar. Ingen av de intervjuade nämner dock ansvar som sitt motiv för att fortsätta medlemskapet. Snarare framträder viljan att fortsätta i rörelsen som det främsta motivet. Genom att bli ledare kan scouten fortsätta att vara scout och fortsätta vara ungdomlig.

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2016. Vol. 58, no 1, 12-27 p.
Keyword [en]
Scouting, Sweden, transition, ageing participants, youth movement, Scouting
Keyword [sv]
Sverige, övergång, åldrande medlemmar, ungdomsrörelse
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Educational Sciences
Research subject
Child and Youth Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127973DOI: 10.1080/16078055.2015.1132004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-127973DiVA: diva2:911953
Available from: 2016-03-15 Created: 2016-03-15 Last updated: 2016-03-15Bibliographically approved

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