Youth represents a thought–provoking challenge to a new generation of social science students, youth researchers and practitioners to distance themselves from the politically– and emotively–charged issue of youth in contemporary society and move further towards re–theorizing the concept of youth in ways which are relevant to young people’s lives today.
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
"The particular value of Jones′ approach is that it moves easily between social, cultural and psychoanalytical theorists to reveal what nuggets of value they hold in relation to young people."
Shane Blackman, Canterbury Christ Church University for Sociology
"It′s all here, including the kitchen sink. Everything you ever wanted to know about youth and a few other things you hadn′t thought of can be found between the pages of this book."
Mary Jane Kehily, The Open University for Sociology
"A very handy little book for anyone who wants a simple but comprehensive introduction to the social scientific study of youth."
Tracy Shildrick, University of Teeside for Sociology
"An excellent textbook that will be used at many levels of study (and, I imagine, teaching!)."
Howard Williamson, University of Glamorgan for Sociology
“In the latest of what has been a series of path–breaking discussions of the subject, Gill Jones cuts through the complexity of ‘youth’ to give an easily accessible account of the evolving theories in the field and the evidence that can be marshalled in support of each of them. The breadth of her scholarship draws upon the wider framework of globalisation, and the social, demographic and cultural upheavals in the context of young people’s lives.”
John Bynner, University of London
James Côté, University of Western Ontario
"After over twenty years of empirical research and thoughtful analysis on the subject of this book Professor Jones has distilled her considerable experience into an authoritative text that will help countless students to write their essays and, I suspect, many of their teachers to prepare their lectures. Gill Jones has established herself as the doyenne of the sociology of youth."
Ray Pahl, University of Essex