Challenging the conventional wisdom surrounding the position and opportunities of young people today, Rethinking Youth offers a provocative critique of the mainstream conceptions of youth, the programs and strategies designed for "at-risk" young people, and policy development in youth affairs. The authors demonstrate how the concept of youth involves a tension between the social significance of age, which gives young people a common status, and the significance of other social divisions. Drawing upon studies from different societies, they examine debates surrounding youth and economy, youth development, youth subcultures, youth transitions, and youth marginalization. Rethinking Youth calls for a greater sensitivity to the complexities of youth, and greater emphasis on democracy and equality in dealing with the problems experienced by young people in a rapidly changing world.
A thoughtful examination of todayÆs youth, Rethinking Youth is a relevant study for academics and students in family studies, social work, and sociology.