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Falling somewhere between childhood and adulthood, ‘Youth’ is a key period of transition. It can be difficult to define and make sense of this period in one’s life.

However it is categorised, young people face a number of...

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Falling somewhere between childhood and adulthood, ‘Youth’ is a key period of transition. It can be difficult to define and make sense of this period in one’s life.

However it is categorised, young people face a number of challenges and issues growing up in today’s world. From the pressures created by social media to the increasing precarity of employment, the major social, cultural and economic developments of our time are each impacting this period of the lifecourse in myriad ways. Youth Sociology helps readers to understand how such changes factor into the experience of being young today, and illuminates the realities of the world in which young people live.

Embedding perspectives and insights from a wide range of disciplines beyond sociology, this authoritative new textbook will be incredibly useful for all students of youth.

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  • Explores the most significant social, cultural and economic changes that are impacting on the lives of young people today
  • Draws on an extensive range of international examples and research
  • Clearly and systematically explains the contribution of sociology to our understanding of youth
  • Integrates a wide range of pedagogical features, including case studies, `thinking points' boxes and sociological imagination exercises

Introduction
1. What is Youth?
2. Dimensions of Difference
3. Education and Imagined Futures
4. Work and Transitions
5. Youth Cultures and Subcultures
6. Social Media and Digital Lives
7. Space, Place and Geographical Mobility
8. Risk and Risk-Taking
9. Crime, Victimisation and Justice
10. Health and Wellbeing
11. Youth Citizenship and Belonging in a Globalised World
Future Directions.

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Alan France is Professor of Sociology in Te Pokapū Pūtaiao Pāpori (School of Social Sciences) at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Julia Coffey is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

Steven Roberts is Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University.   

Catherine Waite is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

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Alan France is Professor of Sociology in Te Pokapū Pūtaiao Pāpori (School of Social Sciences) at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Julia Coffey is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

Steven Roberts is Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University.   

Catherine Waite is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

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