Hidden Youth and the Virtual World examines the phenomenon of ‘hidden youth’ or hikikomori, as it is better known in Japan as well as Hong Kong. Exposure to the Internet has allowed these young persons to develop a high level of capability within the virtual world, however these are skills that are not highly valued by society. This book uncovers the truth about hidden youth, the causes, coping strategies, power relations between them and adults in society, and their relationship with the virtual world. Key topics surrounding the phenomenon of hidden youth are explored in detail, including:
This is a particularly useful volume to researchers in child and adolescent psychology, clinical psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, school psychology, sociology, social work, and youth policy; as well as youth workers, school counsellors and mental health professionals, and will appeal to the interest of both academics and practitioners alike.
This new book provides a brand new perspective to understand more thoroughly about the young people nowadays, their challenges and the constraints they have to cope with in a post industrialized modern state. Young people are not hidden; they may simply be ignored by many of the adults. – Mark Li, Senior Lecturer, Hong Kong Baptist University
1. Introduction 2. Literature review 3. When Social Censure meets hidden youth 4. The creation and enactment of social censure: From deviant youth to hidden youth 5. The coping strategies and resistance of hidden youth 6. Virtual world and hidden youth 7. Subculture as a platform to empower hidden youth 8. Conclusion and remarks