Youth / Edition 1

Youth / Edition 1

by Gill Jones
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Youth / Edition 1

This accessible book takes a fresh and original approach to the concept of youth, placing changes in the social construction of 'youth' within a more general story of the rise and fall of grand theory in social science. Gill Jones evaluates the current relevance of these wider social theories to understanding youth in late modernity in the light of key examples of empirical work on young people. Individual chapters are organized around the themes of action, identity, transition, inequality and dependence - conceptual themes which cross-cut young people's lives. The book considers the validity of youth as a social concept and examines ways of identifying what is specific to young people without resorting to seeing them as a homogeneous group defined by their age; in so doing, it uncovers notions which are erroneously attributed to young people.

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ISBN-13: 9780745640945
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/30/2009
Series: Key Concepts Series , #17
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

1 What is ‘Youth’?  1

2 Youth as Action 30

3 Youth as Identity 58

4 Youth as Transition 84

5 Youth and Inequality 112

6 Youth and Dependence 140

7 Youth in Society 164

Notes 184

References 188

Index 214

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