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The Crisis of Global Youth Unemployment

1st Edition

Edited by Tamar Mayer, Sujata Moorti, Jamie K. McCallum


208 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Since the economic and financial crisis of 2008, the proportion of unemployed young people has exceeded any other group of unemployed adults. This phenomenon marks the emergence of a laborscape. This concept recognizes that, although youth unemployment is not consistent across the world, it is a coherent problem in the global political economy.

This book examines this crisis of youth unemployment, drawing on international case studies. It is organized around four key dimensions of the crisis: precarity, flexibility, migration, and policy responses. With contributions from leading experts in the field, the chapters offer a dynamic portrait of unemployment and how this is being challenged through new modes of resistance. This book provides cross-national comparisons, both ethnographic and quantitative, to explore the contours of this laborscape on the global, national, and local scales. Throughout these varied case studies is a common narrative from young workers, families, students, volunteers, and activists facing a new and growing problem.

This book will be an imperative resource for students and researchers looking at the sociology of globalization, global political economy, labor markets, and economic geography.

Table of Contents

1 Global Laborscapes of Youth Unemployment: Introduction (Tamar Mayer, Sujata Moorti, And Jamie K. McCallum) 2 Youth Unemployment and Unnecessary Intergenerational Conflict (Marcellus Andrews and Robert Prasch) 3 Precarity in Japan: After the "Lost Decade" (Heidi Gottfried) 4 Youth "volunteers," unemployment, and international action in Pakistan’s health sector: "I need money, that’s the only reason I do it" (Svea Closser) 5 Dealing with Joblessness. Young people’s life trajectory through "non-work" activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Mariano D. Perelman) 6 Contrasting Discourses Surrounding Gendered Representations of Young Migrants Negotiating for Work on the South African Border (Stanford T. Mahati) 7 The Rise of the J-1 Summer Work Travel Program and its Rhetorical Links US Youth Unemployment (Catherine Bowman) 8 Irish Youth Unemployment and Emigration, 2009-2014 (Eleanor O’Leary and Diane Negra) 9 Youth Unemployment, Neoliberal Reforms, and Emigration in West Africa (Ange Bergson Lendja Ngnemzué and Tamar Mayer)10 Sitting Amid a Pile of Jewels: youth unemployment and waste recycling in China (Carlo Inverardi-Ferri)11 The Youth Wage Subsidy in South Africa: A controversial proposal to respond to mass youth Unemployment (Crispen Chinguno)12 The Right to Work and the Youth Unemployment Crisis in Spain (Ciro Milione)13 Bad Schools, No Jobs, Full Jails: Mass incarceration and a monumental incentive failure (Marcellus Andrews)

About the Editors

Tamar Mayer is the Robert R. Churchill Professor of Geosciences and Director of both the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs and the International and Global Studies Program at Middlebury College, USA.

Sujata Moorti is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Middlebury College, USA.

Jamie K. McCallum is an associate professor of Sociology at Middlebury College, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography