1st Edition

Rethinking Young People’s Marginalisation Beyond neo-Liberal Futures?

By Peter Kelly, Perri Campbell, Luke Howie Copyright 2019
    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    In the 21st century myriad earth systems – atmospheric systems, ocean systems, land systems, neo-Liberal capitalism – are in crisis. These crises are deeply related. Taking diverse and multiple forms, they have diverse and multiple consequences and are evidenced in such things as war, everyday violence, hate and extremism, global flows of millions of the dispossessed and homeless; and in the precarious, uncertain, and marginal existence of millions more.

    Rethinking Young People’s Marginalisation is concerned with the experience, affect, and effects of these earth systems crises on:

    • young people’s life chances, life choices, and life courses

    • young people’s engagement with education, training, and work

    • the character of young people’s being and becoming, their gendered

    embodiment, their participation in cultures of democracy, their resilience,

    and their marginalisation.

    Indeed, in setting out to rethink young people’s marginalisation, this insightful volume makes a contribution to troubling key concepts in Youth Studies, primarily: structure and agency; transitions and pathways; gender and embodiment, citizenship, risk, and resilience. It does this by drawing on a variety of critical, theoretical traditions, including Bauman’s engagement with the ambivalence of the human condition; Foucault’s studies of mentalities of government and genealogies of the subject; the critique of the politics of disposability and violence of neo-Liberalism undertaken by Giroux, and the authors of Kilburn Manifesto;

    Braidotti’s vitalist posthumanism; and Haraway’s figure of the Chthulucene.

    Analysing the ways in which young people engage in and develop new cultures of democracy, Rethinking Young People’s Marginalisation will appeal to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers interested in fields such as Youth Studies, Youth Sociology, Education Studies, and Critical Social Theory.


    Chapter 1 - Young People’s Marginalisation: After Neo-Liberalism?

    Chapter 2 - Thinking Technologies: A Sociological Imagination for the Anthropocene?

    Chapter 3 - Neo-Liberal Capitalism, Education and Work

    Chapter 4 - Refiguring pathways and transitions

    Chapter 5 – Troubling Gender and Embodiment

    Chapter 6 - Outrage, Hope and New Cultures of Democracy

    Chapter 7 - From Risk to Resilience

    Coda: Staying with the Trouble


    Peter Kelly is a professor in the School of Education, RMIT University, Australia.

    Perri Campbell is a research fellow at Swinburne University, Australia.

    Luke Howie is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Australia and Deputy Director of the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC).