Joining Society: Social Interaction and Learning in Adolescence and Youth / Edition 1

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This study addresses a timely and crucial topic, the socialization of today's youth, by asking such precise questions as—What are the young socialized for? Which skills, modes of thinking or action are required of them and what are their developmental values? All too often, socialization tends to be viewed within the confines of a particular geographical or cultural situation. The multi-national contributors bring an international perspective to the problem of socialization in work and adult life by emphasizing common issues facing youth around the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521520423
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2003
  • Series: Jacobs Foundation Series on Adolescence Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont is professor of psychology and education at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. She studied in Geneva with Jean Piaget and prepared a degree in vocational guidance at the University of Lausanne and a Master in child development at the University of London. Her doctoral dissertation in social psychology in Geneva was concerned with a Vygotskian reading of the role of social interactions in cognitive development. She has been involved in professional training for child care, primary and secondary education, and youth work. Her research interests concern a socio-cultural approach of thinking, learning and vocational training as contextualized activities sustained or hindered by institutional settings that offer or fail to offer thinking spaces and opportunities for development in periods of profound social and technological changes. She actively participated in launching DORE, an action of the Swiss National Science Foundation supporting practical research in the areas of social work, health, education, music and theatre, fine arts, applied psychology and applied linguistics.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Thinking Spaces of the Young 3
2 Prospects for Youth in Postindustrial Societies 11
3 Overview of the Volume 26
4 Risks, Rules, and Roles: Youth Perspectives on the Work of Learning for Community Development 41
5 Youth Between Integration and Disaffiliation in French Cities 71
6 A New Identity, A New Lifestyle 86
7 Becoming a Member by Following the Rules 109
8 Learning and Thinking in Adolescence and Youth: How to Inhabit New Provinces of Meaning 119
9 From the Provinces of Meaning to the Capital of a Good Self: Some Reflections on Learning and Thinking in the Process of Growing Adult in Society 141
10 Preapprenticeship: A Transitional Space 153
11 From Learning Lessons to Living Knowledge: Instructional Discourse and Life Experiences of Youth in Complex Society 177
12 Practice and Discourse as the Intersection of Individual and Social in Human Development 192
13 Talking Matters: Studying the Use of Interdependencies of Individual and Collective Action in Youthful Learning 204
14 Young People's Use of Information and Communication Technologies: The Role of Sociocultural Abilities 216
15 Thinking with Others: The Social Dimension of Leaning in Families and Schools 227
16 The Role of Discourse in the Transformation of Parent-Adolescent Relationships 241
17 Interactive Minds: A Paradigm from Life Span Psychology 252
18 Thinking "Youth," Thinking "School": Social Representations and Fieldwork in Educational Research 259
19 Joining Society in Europe: Convergence of Sustainability of National Specificities 267
20 The School-to-Work Transition: Problems and Indicators 286
21 To Be Young in Yugoslavia: Life After a Social Chernobyl 300
22 Youth and Unions in North America's Service Society 308
23 Joining Society: With What Certainty? 318
Index 329
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