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Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood

New Perspectives and Agendas

Edited by Andy Furlong

© 2009 – Routledge

480 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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The parameters within which young people live their lives have changed radically. Changes in education and the labour market have led to an increased complexity of the youth phase and to an overall protraction in dependency and transitions.

Written by leading academics from several countries, this Handbook introduces up to date perspectives on a wide range of issues that affect and shape youth and young adulthood. It provides an authoritative and multi-disciplinary overview of a field of study that offers unique insight on social change in advanced societies and is aimed at academics, students, researchers and policy-makers.

The Handbook introduces some of the key theoretical perspectives used within youth studies and sets out future research agendas. Each of the ten sections covers an important area of research – from education and the labour market to youth cultures, health and crime whilst discussing change and continuity in the lives of young people. This work introduces readers to some of the most important work in the field while highlighting the underlying perspectives that have been used to understand the complexity of modern youth and young adulthood.


"Furlong is to be commended for developing a rich, authoritative compilation that captures multifaceted issues regarding youth and young adulthood and immerses readers into the field of youth studies and the sociocultural context. With sweeping, comprehensive coverage from leading researchers across the globe, Handbook addresses the challenges, concerns, and opportunities that influence youth in society and gathers this information into ten critical areas, ranging from education, employment, and family to civic engagement, deviance, and identity. Each of the more than 50 articles is current, relevant, and extensive. More importantly, Handbook is written for a diverse audience. From the classroom to the field, from academics and their students to practitioners and researchers, this Handbook is designed to be read, understood, and put to practice. Volunteer youth mentors and vocational counselors should equally find Handbook a significant resource. The essays will enable readers to gain understanding of youth development, strengthen services to youth and young adults, and change public policy to improve quality of life. An important text that combines a wealth of knowledge in one location… Highly Recommended."Choice, February 2010

"This is an important and timely publication. Major social and economic challenges are looming for youth and young adults, and, with its focus on new agendas, this book represents a perspective that will be urgently needed in the coming years. I welcome its breadth of coverage, its international viewpoint, and the multi-disciplinary approach taken by the Editor. This book will be required reading for anyone working in the field."John Coleman, OBE. Senior Research Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford

"Andy Furlong has done the field of youth research a great service by bringing together this multi-disciplinary collection of papers from leading academics. Under one set of covers he delivers papers which provide a great overview of different perspectives on a wide range of youth issues and locates them within the processes of change currently transforming societies."David Ashton, Professor, University of Leicester

Table of Contents

Part 1: Re-conceptualising Youth and Young Adulthood 1. Changing Contexts, Changing Lives, Andy Furlong 2. Youth Transitions in an Age of Uncertainty, Walter R. Heinz 3. Socio-economic Reproduction, Ken Roberts 4. Youth and Generation: In the Midst of an Adult World, John Goodwin and Henrietta O’Connor 5. Models of Navigation and Life Management, Manuela du Bois-Reymond 6. The Emergence of ‘Emerging Adulthood’: The New Life Stage between Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Jennifer Lynn Tanner and Jeffrey Jensen Arnett Part 2: Divisions 7. Social Divisions and Inequalities, Andy Furlong 8. Social Class, Youth and Young Adulthood in the context of a Shifting Global Economy, Lois Weiss 9. New Masculinities and Femininities: Gender Divisions in the new Economy, Linda McDowell 10. Young People, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity, Colin Webster 11. Young People and Social Capital, Cherylynn Bassani 12. Disability, Exclusion and Transition to Adulthood, Sheila Riddell 13. Young Refugees, Elizabeth Heger Boyle Part 3: Education 14. Educational Contexts and Transitions, Andy Furlong 15. Educating for Late Modernity, Johanna Wyn 16. Explaining Cross-national Differences in Education-work Transitions, David Raffe 17. Young People’s Subjective Orientations to Education, Andy Biggart 18. Mass Higher Education, Andy Furlong 19. Vocationalism, David B. Bills 20. Keeping Kids on Track to a Successful Adulthood: The Role of VET in Improving High School Outcomes, James Stone III Part 4: Employment and Unemployment 21. Employment and Unemployment in Late Modernity, Andy Furlong 22. Changing Experiences of Work, Jeylan Mortimer 23. Youth Unemployment and Marginalisation, Illse Julkunen 24. Precarious Work: Risk, Choice and Poverty Traps, Robert Macdonald 25. NEETs, Freeters and Flexibility: Reflecting Precarious Situations in the New Labour Market, Akio Inui 26. The Stratification of Youth Employment in Contemporary China, Jieyu Liu 27. What makes a Young Entrepreneur? David G. Blanchflower and Andrew Oswald Part 5: Dependency and Family Relations 28. Dependence, Independence and Housing Transitions, Andy Furlong 29. Leaving the Parental Home in Young Adulthood, Clara H. Mulder 30. Young, Free and Single? The Rise of Independent Living, Sue Heath 31. Intergenerational Support During the Transition to Adulthood, Teresa Toguchi Swartz and Kirsten Bengtson O’Brien 32. Early Childbearing in the New Era of Delayed Adulthood, Frank Furstenberg Jr. 33. Homeless Youth and the Transition to Adulthood, Bill McCarthy, Monica Williams and John Hagan Part 6: Youth Culture and Lifestyles 34. Young People, Culture and Lifestyles, Andy Furlong 35. Leisure Activities, Place and Identity, Joan Abbott-Chapman and Margaret Robertson 36. Young Adults and the Night-time Economy, Robert G. Hollands 37. Young People and Consumption, Amy L. Best 38. Spectacular Soundtracks: Youth and Music, Andy Bennett 39. Young People, Drugs and Alcohol Consumption, Shane Blackman 40. Spectacular Youth? Young People’s Fashion and Style, Paul Hodkinson 41. The Experience of Youth in the Digital Youth, Philippa Collin and Jane Burns Part 7: Civic Engagement and Disengagement 42. Civic and Political Engagement and Disengagement, Andy Furlong 43. Young People’s Civic Engagement and Political Development, Constance Flanagan 44. Young People, Politics and Citizenship, Anita Harris 45. Youth and Trade Unionism, Jan Carle 46. Re-Politicising Urban Rioters, Sadiya Akram 47. Young People and Armed Conflict, Colette Daiute Part 8: Physical and Mental Health 48. The Physical and Mental Health of Modern Youth, Andy Furlong 49. Health in Youth: Changing Times and Changing Influences, Patrick West 50. HIV and AIDS, STIs and Sexual Health Among Young People, Frederick Mugisha 51. Progress, Culture and Young People’s Well-being, Richard Eckersley 52. Health Related Behaviours in Context, Patrick West Part 9: Identities, Values and Beliefs 53. Transforming Identities, Values and Beliefs, Andy Furlong 54. Youth-identity Studies: History, Controversies and Future Directions, James E. Côté 55. Values and Related Beliefs, Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson and Maria Monserud 56. The Influence of Aspirations on Educational and Occupational Outcomes, Nathan Jones and Barbara Schneider 57. Generation Y, Flexible Capitalism and New Work Ethics, Peter Kelly 58. Understanding the Sexual Lives of Young People, Janet Holland 59. Religiosity in the Lives of Youth, Lisa D. Pearce and Melinda Lundquist Denton Part 10: Crime and Deviance 60. Young People, Crime and Juvenile Justice, Andy Furlong 61. Juvenile Delinquency and Desistence, Shelly Schaefer and Christopher Uggen 62. Young People and Anti-social Behaviour, Alan France 63. Youth in a World of Gangs, John M. Hagedorn 64. Young People, Crime and Justice, Rob White 65. Youth and Punishment, Angela Harvey and Aaron Kupchick

About the Editor

Andy Furlong is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Glasgow and editor of the Journal of Youth Studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General