Key Concepts in Youth Studies (SAGE Key Concepts series)

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What is youth? How do we understand youth in its social and cultural context? Mark Cieslik and Donald Simpson here provide a concise and readily accessible introduction to the interdisciplinary field of youth studies. Drawing upon the latest research and developments in the field, as well as discussing the fundamental ideas underlying the discipline as a whole, it offers a comprehensive yet unpacked understanding of youth as a social phenomenon.
Illuminating the many abstract and contested concepts within youth studies, the book offers explanations to questions such as:
  • How might we define youth?
  • How can we understand young people in relation to their social identities and practices?
  • What is the relationship between youth and social class?
  • How do youth cultures develop?
  • How can we understand youth in a globalized perspective?
 Key Concepts in Youth Studies stands out as a natural companion for students on youth studies, sociology, criminology and social science programmes. It will also be useful for youth practitioners such as social workers and teachers.
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ISBN-13: 9781848609853
ISBN-10: 184860985X
Pagini: 200
Dimensiuni: 148 x 210 x 11 mm
Greutate: 0.52 kg
Ediția: 1
Editura: SAGE Publications
Colecția Sage Publications Ltd
Seria SAGE Key Concepts series

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


"Key Concepts in Youth Studies is an engaging, concise reference book that critically addresses new work in a rapidly changing social science field....Focusing on discourses, categories, methods, and research with young people, the authors address how social and political changes enable and constrain youths' opportunities in a rapidly changing world. Although many of the examples are UK-based, this is a valuable contribution to the literature on youth studies globally, the field's changing research, and future challenges. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above."
Useful as a reference book, a study guide and an introductory primer, this clearly-written and well-organised text covers all the bases. For students of youth studies, this is one of the most accessible and useful introductory books on the market.
A handy access point for students across disciplines to pinpoint contemporary areas of concern, debate and contestation within the field of youth studies. The book offers a timely focus on challenging social, cultural and economic issues as the youth agenda intensifies in its political relevance. The breadth of topics and further references material make this an invaluable aid to research and advanced study for both post and undergraduates.
Taps directly into current debates and developments in youth studies. It offers a succinct introduction to foundational concepts and issues such as the division between cultural and post-cultural approaches, as well as addressing more recent concerns, such as the idea that youth have become narcissistic. Comprehensive and accessible, this book provides an essential introduction to youth studies, guiding the reader towards an understanding of young people's lives in an increasingly complex, global, connected and also divided world.

An excellent starting point for students and researchers new to youth studies. Through a series of well researched and accessible chapters, Cieslik and Simpson introduce readers to key themes and issues in youth research, from foundational concepts through to contemporary debates on a diverse range of specific research topics. Informed by up to date scholarship and acknowledging throughout the ever changing and complex nature of young people's lives, this is essential reading for those wishing to gain an overview of this dynamic field of research.

A mini-encyclopedia of youth studies. A window to global culture through the eyes of young people. A helpful tool for the next generations of youth researchers.


Introduction: Making Sense of Young People Today
Foundational Concepts, Issues and Debates
Defining Youth
Youth Transitions
Youth Cultures
Young People and Social Policies
Working with Young People
Researching Youth
Theorizing Youth
The History of Youth
Young People, Divisions and Inequality
Representations of Youth
Major Concepts, Issues and Debates
Youth Training
Social Networks and Social Capital
The Body
'Place' and Belonging
'Race' and Ethnicities
Informal Learning
Social Class
Politics, Protest and Social Movements
Work and Employment
The Youth Underclass