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Key Concepts in Youth Studies

Key Concepts in Youth Studies

January 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

This is a good starting point for any student wishing to progress into youth studies or youth work. It lays out the key concepts in a very user friendly way and provides students with basis to extend their knowledge into youth culture and sociological perspectives of youth.

Miss Tracy Robson
Community Studies, College Road
September 21, 2014

An excellent book to introduce students to relevant and important concepts in sociology, containing information they can go on to further explore in more depth.

Miss Andrea Walker
Health and Community Studies , University of Bolton
May 22, 2014

An excellent summary of key concepts in youth studies.

Mr Charlie Cooper
Comparative & Applied Social Sciences, Hull University
April 4, 2014

Excellent for foundation dereee students with clear and concise concepts that are easy to grasp.

Pat Woodward
Dept of Health & Social Studies, Bolton University
March 20, 2014

A book felt ideal for supplementing an 'all-round' understanding of key issues in the study of work with Children and Young People.

Abbe Law
School of Law. Justice and Community Studies, Blackburn College
February 5, 2014

A very accessible text through the short chapters and supporting references for further reading allow for more in depth consideration.

The book covers the core themes along with a modern analysis of the global and social media influences impacting on young people.

Miss Tracy Ramsey
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
January 1, 2014

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

Mark Cieslik

Dr. Mark Cieslik is a senior lecturer in sociology at the Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Mark has researched young people, learning, and literacies as well as aspects of well-being and happiness. He established the British Sociological Association Happiness Study Group in 2009. He is the author of The Happiness Riddle and the Quest for a Good Life (2017) and coauthored with Donald Simpson, Key Concepts in Youth Studies (2013). He is conducting research into mindfulness as well as cross-national comparative projects into happiness/well-being. More About Author

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