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Key Concepts in Youth Studies

Key Concepts in Youth Studies

May 2013 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

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

Very useful and clear as teaching material and basic reading for module.

Dr Patricia Oliart
Spanish, Portugese & Latin Amer. Studs, Newcastle University
November 15, 2013

Helpful to understand those key terms and phrases that can often make a subject more confusing than it needs to be.

Ms Dawn O'Connell
Centre for Youth Ministry, St John's College
September 19, 2013

This is an essential book for all youth workers in training as it is so accessible to all

Mr Peter Crossley
Youth and Community Development, University of Cumbria
September 12, 2013

This book provides an essential topics to youth studies, written in a plain and easy to follow language. I have recommended the book to members in the department of adult education and youth development within the university to consider and ensuring that the library orders copies of this book.

Professor Sello Mokoena
Teacher Education, University of South Africa
August 5, 2013

This book is excellent for both students and lecturers. The format likens a youth information directory, where the topic matters are labelled on the rim of the page, making it easy to find relevant information quickly. And for such a small book, it manages to cover a number of really key areas, relevant for both academics and youth work practitioners. I have already started recommending this book to my students, which will tap into their learning in every academic year. This book will be highlighted as essential reading in the course handbook for all students who on the BSc Youth Studies Programme. It may also be recommended for students on the BSc Youth Work students.

Copies of this book have recently been ordered by our subject libriarian.

Miss Veronica Mason
Department of Applied Social Sciences, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
May 15, 2013

looks at key issues in a concise and clear manner. Ideal for first year students learning about issues focussing young people and development.

Jean Hatton
community and international education, Huddersfield University
April 17, 2013

This book provides a concise overview of the key concepts of interest in youth studies. It is useful as a foundation text, to provide an accessible synopsis of key concepts, which can then be followed up on in detail in other texts. It will be appealing to students because of its short chapters and commitment to providing the essence of the debates without lengthy discussion.

Dr Bernadine Brady
School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI, Galway
April 16, 2013

Good clear book, useful for all levels of study.

Dr Richard Peake
Law , Leeds University
April 10, 2013

It does what it says on the tin - offers an intensely distilled, brief introduction to many key concepts, each of these referenced to enable ease of access for deeper exploration.

Ms Chris Simpson
Community and Youth, College of St Mark and St John
March 15, 2013

An excellent overview of a considerable range of issues in youth studies, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to students and researchers.

Dr Vanessa Beck
CLMS, University of Leicester
March 12, 2013

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