'The book is a useful student text that offers a wide range of well informed perspectives on the position of young people in society today. It has built on its successful first edition and should provide a useful springboard to further study'
- Scolag Legal Journal
'This resource will be very helpful to all those already working with children and young people and essential for those who are currently learning about how to work with children and young people'
Gill Frances, Director Children's Development National Children's Bureau
Are the recent policy initiatives aimed at improving life chances for young people working? Have they affected those most in need? How can young people be given more of a voice in policy making?
The new edition of this bestselling text offers a comprehensive introduction to the policy developments affecting young people in today's society, covering the areas of education and training, work, youth justice, residential care and child protection. It brings together a wide-ranging series of readings written by leading experts, to encourage those working with young people, or training to do so, to critically reflect on both the theoretical and practical dimensions of their work.
The themes and issues addressed in this book include: citizenship, participation and empowerment; social difference and social identity; images of youth; young people and the politics of service provision; and working with young people in different contexts.
This new edition has been revised in order to bring it up-to-date on contemporary policy, law and practice changes and developments. Written in a lively and engaging manner, this accessible text will be invaluable reading for students taking courses in youth and social work, social policy, youth and criminal justice and the sociology of youth.
Youth in Society is a set book for the Open University courses K201, Working With Young People and K268, Social Work with Young People.
About the Author
Rachel Thomson is Professor of Social Resaerch in the School of Health and Social Welfare. Rachel has been involved in a major longitudinal qualitative study of young people transitions to adulthood, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council since 1996 through the Children 5-16 and the Young People, Citizenship and Social Change programmes. The study is currently being archived with the support of a grant from the ESRC, and will be made available for secondary analysis (see www.lsbu.ac.uk/inventingadulthoods). Her research interests focus on gender identities, social change, sexuality, values, transitions and popular culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Second Edition - Rachel Thomson, Ronny Flynn, Jeremy Roche and Stanley TuckerThe Making and Moulding of Modern Youth - Rex Stainton Rogers A Short HistoryRepresentations of the Young - Christine GriffinWorlds Apart - Wendy Stainton Rogers et al Young People's Aspirations in a Changing Europe'Pale Shadows' - Les Back Racism, Masculinity and MulticultureChildren's Rights - Jeremy Roche Participation and DialogueCitizens or What? - Tom StorrieRacial Formations of Youth in Late 20th Century England - Gargi Bhattacharyya and John GabrielYoung People and Political Participation - Claire HackettYouth Working - Stanley Tucker Professional Identities Given, Received or Contested?Welfare Services for Young People - Bob Coles Better Connections?Education and Training Provision for Young People - Stanley Tucker and Steve Walker A New Era?Beyond Bricks and Mortar - Joe OldmanIn and Out of Work? The Changing Fortunes of Young People in Contemporary Labour Markets - Harriet Bradley and Paul Hickman Youth Justice - John Muncie Responsibilisation and RightsYouth Cultures and Sub-Cultures - Daren GarrattBlack Adolescent Identity and the Inadequacies of Western Psychology - Lena RobinsonTechnologies of the Self - Maria PiniSexuality - Tim EdwardsConstructing a Way of Life - Rex Stainton RogersFriends and Lovers - Harriette Marshall and Paul StennerYoung People and Family Life - Brian Dimmock Apocalypse Now or Business as Usual?Young Disabled People - Sally French and John SwainThe Mistreatment of Young People - Brian CorbyThe Dilemmas of Intervention - Sarah BanksYou're the Last Person I'd Talk To - John Coleman, Liza Catan and Catherine DennisonWorking with Young People in Residential Settings - Adrian WardThe Management of Growing Up - Simon Bradford Youth Work in Community Settings