Role of Cultural Capital and Cultural Reproduction on Youth Development in India: A Generational Perspective


  • Simran Ganjoo Vivekananda College, University of Delhi, India
  • Sunil K. Verma Vivekananda College, University of Delhi



Cultural capital, cultural reproduction, positive youth development, India


The present study endeavored to understand the perceptions of Indian older adults (age 60 and above) from urban centres of New Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai, about the state of youth development in India through applying a generational perspective. Drawing from our understanding of Bourdieu’s concept of cultural reproduction of values, the study explored older adults’ thoughts about the current state of Indian youth concerning their civic participation and contribution to the development of Indian society. Additionally, it sought to find familial roles that the elderly would like to undertake to support their younger family members. Thematic analysis revealed that the older adults in this study perceive that youths are not completely engaged in positive youth development and need to contribute more towards their civic societies. Additionally, the older adults expressed their interest in occupying the role of secondary socializing agents in the family due to their perceived intergenerational differences with youth.

Author Biographies

Simran Ganjoo, Vivekananda College, University of Delhi, India

Simran Ganjoo:  graduated from Vivekananda College, University of Delhi

Sunil K. Verma, Vivekananda College, University of Delhi

Sunil K. Verma: Currently working as Asst. Professor in Vivekananda College, Delhi University, India.  He has published more than 32 research paper in reputed national, international journal and book chapter in the area of Applied Social Psychology ,Social Gerontology and family research  besides this he is authored a book entitled “Family Dynamics and Intergenerational Relations: Psycho-Social Analysis. Concept Publication India, and participated various national and International Conferences. He was the Principle-Investigator of various projects  i.e. Suicide in Sikkim: A Psycho-Social Study; A Psycho-Social Study on Intergenerational Relation in Interdependent Society, and The Grass is Not Always Greener on the Other Side: A Study on Male Marginalization and victimization.  Dr. Verma has received several Fellowships to participate in International conferences from UGC Travel Grant, IUPSY and ARTS. In   2012 Dr. Verma was selected as Emergent Psychologist in Cape- Town by IUPSY and ICP 2012



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