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From the Publisher"This is a book characterized by a combination of wide reading andpassion for young people, and it certainly helps keep the subjectof 'youth' alive as an important key concept."
"Youth usefully embeds the category of youth within widerdebates in the social sciences, indicating how they have eitheraddressed the question of youth, or could be extrapolated to havesomething to add to theoretical approaches to youth."
British Journal of Sociology of Education
"The particular value of Jones' approach is that it moves easilybetween social, cultural and psychoanalytical theorists to revealwhat nuggets of value they hold in relation to youngpeople."
Shane Blackman, Canterbury Christ Church University forSociology
"It's all here, including the kitchen sink. Everything you everwanted to know about youth and a few other things you hadn'tthought of can be found between the pages of this book."
Mary Jane Kehily, The Open University forSociology
"A very handy little book for anyone who wants a simple butcomprehensive introduction to the social scientific study ofyouth."
Tracy Shildrick, University of Teeside forSociology
"An excellent textbook that will be used at many levels of study(and, I imagine, teaching!)."
Howard Williamson, University of Glamorgan forSociology
“In the latest of what has been a series of path-breakingdiscussions of the subject, Gill Jones cuts through the complexityof ‘youth’ to give an easily accessible account of theevolving theories in the field and the evidence that can bemarshalled in support of each of them. The breadth of herscholarship draws upon the wider framework of globalisation, andthe social, demographic and cultural upheavals in the context ofyoung people’s lives.”
John Bynner, University of London
"Jones has written a much-needed book that will help take theburgeoning field of youth studies to a more mature andintellectually stimulating level. Her book will become THE text touse in advanced courses as students and teachers co-construct thevarious issues and debates that have emerged as academics haveattempted to come to grips with the thorny issues inherent inunderstanding the changing nature of youth in changingsocieties."
James Côté, University of Western Ontario
"After over twenty years of empirical research and thoughtfulanalysis on the subject of this book Professor Jones has distilledher considerable experience into an authoritative text that willhelp countless students to write their essays and, I suspect, manyof their teachers to prepare their lectures. Gill Jones hasestablished herself as the doyenne of the sociology ofyouth."
Ray Pahl, University of Essex