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YIJ Welcome: Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice (YIJ)

Welcome to the website for the Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice (YIJ).  Although this lab is physically based at Virginia Tech, we share, promote, and disseminate local, national, and global research findings conducted by scholars at Virginia Tech as well as other universities and research institutions.

YIJ research group is dedicated to examining/exploring/investigating the correlates, disparities, consequences, interventions, and policies for underserved and underrepresented youth.  YIJ research group addresses questions related to four broad categories within the study of youth inequality, violence, vulnerability, and marginalization:

1) Foundational issues include the dynamics of youth socialization, education, and environment; the role of social processes and institutional resources in the reproduction and transformation of inequality, violence, vulnerability, and marginalization;

2) Enduring challenges include concentrated poverty and concentrated affluence; discrimination; urban, suburban, and rural processes, such as economic redevelopment and gentrification; and, trends in immigration and other demographic population shifts; and

3) Contemporary challenges include evolving family structures; educational resources and standardization; the school to prison pipeline; stop and frisk justice practices; the spatial clustering of multiple social problems; and, shifting definitions of citizenship.

Together with research collaborators and community partners, this team seeks to generate rigorous scientific research on the study of youth inequality, violence, vulnerability, and marginalization.

In addition, our research addresses questions that extend to four broad categories of social institutions often associated with youth inequality, violence, vulnerability, and marginalization:
        Families
        Schools
        Communities
        Juvenile Justice System

Moreover, our research primarily focuses on investigating and ameliorating hurdles, barriers, and vulnerabilities that are often faced by:
        Racial and Ethnic Minority Youth
        Children of Immigrant Families
        Girls and Gender Non-Conforming Youth
        Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Youth
        Urban and Rural Youth
        Low-Income Youth
        Youth with Disabilities/Special Needs
        Youth involved in the Child Welfare and/or Juvenile Justice System

Intersectionality is based on the premise that identity categories, such as race, ethnicity, gender, family, culture, socio-economic status, sexuality, and so on interact in complex ways that influence how individuals engage, participate, and interact with the social and cultural world in which s/he lives.  Intersectionality also holds that interacting identity categories are indicators and proxies for sturctural and institutional mechanism of inequality, violence, vulnerability, and marginalization.

Contact Information

Contact Us:

Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice (YIJ)
Department of Sociology
Virginia Tech
560 McBryde Hall (0137)
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-8971
Fax: (540) 231-3860

Email: youth.inequality.justice@gmail.com