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Understanding Youth

Understanding Youth
Perspectives, Identities & Practices

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February 2007 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The lives of young people in the UK, as elsewhere in the world, have changed in dramatic ways in recent years. Important changes have taken place in the social structures and processes shaping young people's lives, including changes in schooling and in higher education, the loss of the traditional youth labor market, and shifts in the nature of family and intimate relationships.

Understanding Youth: Perspectives, Identities and Practices addresses the changing context and nature of youth, encouraging readers to understand different conceptualizations of youth, issues of identity and the key social practices that give shape to young people's lives in the contemporary period.

Key Features:
  • Introduces the key perspectives, identities, and practices involved in understanding youth
  • Offers a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to young people's lives
  • Draws upon rich biographical case studies of young people, emphasizing young people's own voices
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of youth in the late modernity
  • Presents a clear and accessible approach to complex issues
This invaluable book will be essential reading for students and practitioners concerned with youth and youth work, and of particular relevance for undergraduate courses across a range of social science and education disciplines focusing on youth in changing times.
Mary Jane Kehily
A Cultural Perspective
Heather Montgomery
A Comparative Perspective
Rachel Thomson
A Biographical Perspective
Martin Robb
Rachel Thomson
Martin Robb
Rachel Thomson
Mary Jane Kehily
Heather Montgomery
Martin Robb

A very readable and informative volume which will be useful to me in preparing lectures as well as providing background reading for students.

Miss Caroline Ann Meredith
Department of Education Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
June 23, 2016

An interesting read - varying perspectives of the adolescence period of ones life.
A useful tool for teaching growth and development within this life stage offering suggestions for class based activities.

Miss Debbie James
Health , Central Bedfordshire College
October 20, 2015

It presents crucial ideas and concepts of Youth Studies in a clear and concise way.

Dr Jacek Kornak
Dept of Psychology,Sociology & Soc Wrk, University Campus Suffolk
November 9, 2015

I have found this book excellent for making the connection between theory and practice and understanding some of the key themes that play an integral part in young peoples lives. I have recommended it to students and supervisors whilst out visiting them on placements, especially those working in specialist areas such as mental health, gender based projects and play. Its clear layout and easy navigation makes it easy to follow. The book is now also an essential read for students studying on my foundation degree health and Wellbeing module.

Miss Hannah Jones
Youth and Community Studies, University of South Wales (Newport)
January 29, 2015

This text provides students and practitioners with a comprehensive source to understand and reflect on the youth question. Covering in detail many key areas which are relevant for those working with young people, including identity and an exploration of social divisions.

Miss Tracy Ramsey
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
January 5, 2015

A useful and informative text, covering a wide range of areas important for those on courses relating to working with children and young people. The blend of activities and further reading enhanced the development of knowledge and understanding.

Miss Tracy Ramsey
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
July 24, 2015

This book is being adopted to form the backbone of both the BA and MA Youth Justice sessions. The book has three parts, Perspectives , identities and practicies. The last part will prove especially useful as it explores in some depth the transistional stages of youth in to adulthood and the relationships with work, play and relating.

Mr Warren Smith
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
November 27, 2013

The text contains contemporary youth identities, drawing on a range of examples with which students will be familiar. These examples are analysed within a clear theoretical frameworks which is presented in a thorough, but accessible way.

Mr Howard Stones
School of Education & Childhood, Leeds Metropolitan University
September 30, 2013

A great undergrad text

Ms Melanie Feek
community & youth, College of St Mark and St John
March 4, 2013

This book supports the learning outcomes of the module.

Mrs Susan Skipper
Law Justice & Community Studies, East Lancashire Institute of HE at Blackburn
November 14, 2012

Mary Jane Kehily

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ISBN: 9781412930659