Youth Studies: Fundamental Issues and Debates

Paperback | May 15, 2014

byJames Côté

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The burgeoning field of youth studies encompasses multiple viewpoints, presenting a confusing picture to novices and experts alike. This insightful text goes to the heart of the fundamental issues and debates that characterize this developing field, giving readers a clearer understanding of its current progress and future prospects.

James Côté's lively, debate-focused overview of the underlying paradigms and theories in youth studies - drawn from the overlapping disciplines of sociology, psychology and cultural studies – functions both as an introduction to the area and as an exercise in critical thinking, putting its readers on the cutting-edge of the field. The chapters move from identifying the key 'threshold meta-concepts' that influence research, to showing readers how to critically evaluate key debates in areas that are central to students' lives, including education, work, family, technologies, youth culture, identity and politics.

Youth Studies is the ideal companion to youth-related degree programmes and to youth modules in sociology, social work, social policy, psychology and other related disciplines.

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The burgeoning field of youth studies encompasses multiple viewpoints, presenting a confusing picture to novices and experts alike. This insightful text goes to the heart of the fundamental issues and debates that characterize this developing field, giving readers a clearer understanding of its current progress and future prospects.Jam...

JAMES CÔTÉ is Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is President of the 'Sociology of Youth' Research Committee for the International Sociological Association and Associate Editor of the Journal of Adolescence. He is the successful author of nine books, including Arrested Adulthood and Adolescent Stor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.81 × 6.2 × 0.56 inPublished:May 15, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023036845X

ISBN - 13:9780230368453

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Table of Contents

PART I: THRESHOLD META-CONCEPTS AND THE CONTOURS OF YOUTH STUDIES
Chapter 1: The Youth Question
Chapter 2: Theoretical Approaches to the Youth Question
Chapter 3: Seminal Debates in Youth Studies
PART II: THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC INFLUENCES STRUCTURING THE YOUTH PERIOD
Chapter 4: Education and the Youth Period
Chapter 5: Work and Changing Employment Opportunities
Chapter 6: Family and Parental Influence
Chapter 7: The Mediated World and Technological Influences
PART III: THE CHANGING EXPERIENCES OF THE YOUTH PERIOD
Chapter 8: Youth Culture: in whose interests?
Chapter 9: Youth Identity Formation: Agentic Potentials or Inevitable Confusion?
Chapter 10: Youth Social Identities: Structurally Determined or Agentically
Chapter 11: Youth Politics: Engaged/Alternative or Disengaged/Resistant
PART IV: CONCLUSIONS: THE FUTURE OF YOUTH STUDIES
Chapter 12: Youth Studies Coming Of Age