Mark Cieslik and Donald Simpson here provide a concise and readily accessible introduction to the interdisciplinary field of youth studies. Drawing upon the latest research and developments in the field, as well as discussing the fundamental ideas underlying the discipline as a whole, it offers a comprehensive yet unpacked understanding of youth as a social phenomenon.
Illuminating the many abstract and contested concepts within youth studies, the book offers explanations to questions such as:How might we define youth?How can we understand young people in relation to their social identities and practices?What is the relationship between youth and social class?How do youth cultures develop?How can we understand youth in a globalized perspective?
Key Concepts in Youth Studies stands out as a natural companion for students on youth studies, sociology, criminology and social science programmes. It will also be useful for youth practitioners such as social workers and teachers.
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 18 mm
Useful as a reference book, a study guide and an introductory primer, this clearly-written and well-organised text covers all the bases. For students of youth studies, this is one of the most accessible and useful introductory books on the market. -- Steve Hall
A handy access point for students across disciplines to pinpoint contemporary areas of concern, debate and contestation within the field of youth studies. The book offers a timely focus on challenging social, cultural and economic issues as the youth agenda intensifies in its political relevance. The breadth of topics and further references material make this an invaluable aid to research and advanced study for both post and undergraduates. -- Shane Blackman
Taps directly into current debates and developments in youth studies. It offers a succinct introduction to foundational concepts and issues such as the division between cultural and post-cultural approaches, as well as addressing more recent concerns, such as the idea that youth have become narcissistic. Comprehensive and accessible, this book provides an essential introduction to youth studies, guiding the reader towards an understanding of young people's lives in an increasingly complex, global, connected and also divided world.-- Johanna Wyn
An excellent starting point for students and researchers new to youth studies. Through a series of well researched and accessible chapters, Cieslik and Simpson introduce readers to key themes and issues in youth research, from foundational concepts through to contemporary debates on a diverse range of specific research topics. Informed by up to date scholarship and acknowledging throughout the ever changing and complex nature of young people's lives, this is essential reading for those wishing to gain an overview of this dynamic field of research.
A mini-encyclopedia of youth studies. A window to global culture through the eyes of young people. A helpful tool for the next generations of youth researchers. -- Carles Feixa