Youth and Society: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Youth Experience, Canadian Edition

Paperback | February 15, 2011

byRob White, Johanna Wyn, Patrizia Albanese

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Now in a Canadian edition, Youth and Society: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Youth Experience provides a comprehensive overview of key topics in the sociology of youth. Drawing on empirical evidence and current theoretical perspectives, the text examines cutting-edge issues confrontingyouth, youth researchers, and policy makers today such as youth and social change; class inequality; gender and sexuality; education; youth employment; social identity; youth and technology; and health and well-being. Seamlessly integrating Canadian data and examples throughout with fully redesignedchapters that address topics such as Aboriginal youth and youth justice, the text offers a Canadian context while maintaining a global perspective. Current and in-depth, the Canadian edition is a compelling exploration of the role of young people in contemporary society and how they adapt to themany challenges related to growing inequality and rapid social change.

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Now in a Canadian edition, Youth and Society: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Youth Experience provides a comprehensive overview of key topics in the sociology of youth. Drawing on empirical evidence and current theoretical perspectives, the text examines cutting-edge issues confrontingyouth, youth researchers, and policy makers today...

Rob White is professor of sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Work, University of Tasmania. Johanna Wyn is professor and director of the Youth Research Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne. Patrizia Albanese is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and co-director of the Centre for Childr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.71 inPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresPreface and AcknowledgmentsPart I: Theorizing Youth1. Youth and Social ChangeLearning ObjectivesIntroductionSocial ChangeIndividualization and the Risk SocietyTransitionsSocial GenerationSubjectivities, Identities, and Social ChangeSummary2. Class Inequality and Community ResourcesLearning ObjectivesIntroductionClass and YouthYoung People in the MiddleThe Stability of InequalitySocial Exclusion and Marginal CommunitiesPerspectives on Social ExclusionDynamics of ExclusionClass Experiences and Young LivesSummaryPart II: Social Divisions3. Gender, Sexualities, and Social DifferenceLearning ObjectivesIntroductionGenderSites of Gendered PracticesGender and Education: What about the Boys?Sexualities, Power, and DifferenceSummary4. Peoples, Places, and Ethnic IdentitiesLearning ObjectivesIntroductionOutsiders, InsidersConstructing the Ethnic OtherZero Tolerance and Social IdentityEmbodying Ethnic DifferenceMultiple IdentitiesSummary5. Aboriginal Youth and Social IdentityLearning ObjectivesIntroductionConstructing the Indigenous OtherThe Indian ActDynamics of Indigenous IdentityIdentityDevianceWorkEducationBeyond Youth at Risk: A Maori ExampleSummary6. Rural GeographiesLearning ObjectivesIntroductionUnderstanding the Meaning and Changing Nature of Rural, Northern, and RemotePatterns of Diversity, Change, and DisadvantageYoung People in Rural CommunitiesYoung People's Points of ViewYouth FirstSummaryPart III: Social Institutions7. Youth PolicyLearning ObjectivesIntroductionWhat Is Youth Policy?Canada's Jurisdictional Complexities and Tangled HierarchiesInternational Trends in National Youth PoliciesBeyond the StateFuturity versus Youth ParticipationPolicy as ProcessYoung People and CitizenshipThe Effects of Policy on Young PeopleExclusionOut-of-Step PoliciesYouth Policy and Intersectoral CollaborationSummary8. Relating and BelongingLearning ObjectivesIntroductionFamilies, Social Change, and DiversityYoung People and FamilyYouth, Family, and Discourses of BlameRisk and Social DivisionSummary9. Schooling YouthLearning ObjectivesIntroductionEducation in a Post-Industrial SocietyWorkplace RestructuringYoung People's ExperiencesTransitions and Educational IdealsSummary10. Doing Bad: Juvenile JusticeLearning ObjectivesIntroductionCreating the Young OffenderOffender ProfilesSocial Factors in OffendingPolicing YouthCommunity Contexts and Restorative JusticeSummaryPart IV: Social Identities11. Working the Multiple EconomiesLearning ObjectivesIntroductionThe Nature of WorkProduction Processes and Precarious EmploymentYouth Employment TrendsYoung People's ResponsesWork Opportunities and Economic ActivityYouth Wages and the Teenage Labour MarketSummary12. Youth Identities and CultureLearning ObjectivesIntroductionYoung People, Society, and IdentityNew IdentitiesSocial Practices and Social IdentitySubcultures and Social identitySummary13. Youth in a Digital AgeLearning ObjectivesIntroductionDigital Communication and Social IdentitiesProducing IdentitiesCitizenship and CyberspaceCultural FormationCultural CitizenshipDigital DividesNew and Old Forms of Political EngagementHarmful Use of Digital TechnologiesSummary14. Defining Well-being and HealthLearning ObjectivesIntroductionHealth, Well-being, and the Risk SocietyManaging ChoiceThe Risk Society, Individualism, and HealthYoung People's (Ill) Health and Well-beingAreas of ConcernAchieving a BalanceDiscourses on Youth HealthEconomic AssumptionsHealth and MoralityHealth as an Individual PropertyRisk and Protective FactorsGovernmentalitySummary15. Constructing a Public PresenceLearning ObjectivesIntroductionYouth Spaces in the Public DomainYouth-Specific AmenitiesYouth-Friendly AmenitiesCultural Space and Social TransgressionStreet KidsYouth Street Groups and CulturesYoung Women and Public SpacePublic Spaces, Security, and SafetyDivergent Uses of the StreetContesting Public SpacesSummaryGlossaryReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Youth and Society goes beyond a superficial description of topics to provide a thorough, compelling and theoretically informed discussion of the underlying issues. It situates the experiences of youth within the larger social, political and economic context." --Alison Dunwoody, University of Alberta