Published in 1997, this text is built around themes agreed upon for a conference which aimed to set the agenda for youth research over the next decade. These themes are: the shaping of trajectories and biographies - individualization, agency, structure; vulnerable groups excluded and included youth, polarization, marginalization; social construction of identity - identity, culture, gender, ethnicity; political and social participation and citizenship. The book brings together the work of British and Continental researchers.
Part 1: Introduction 1. A new agenda for youth research Part 2: The shaping of trajectories and biographies 2. Metaphors of youth transitions: niches, pathways, trajectories or navigations 3. Participation and identification in risk societies: European perspectives 4. Structure and agency: the new youth research agenda Part 3: Vulnerable groups: excluded and included youth, polarisation and marginalisation 5. Vulnerable youth and processes of social exclusion: a theoretical framework, a review of recent research and suggestions for a future research agenda 6. Conceptualising youth: transitions, risk and the public and the private 7. Sensibilities and occlusions: vulnerable youth between social change and cultural context Part 4: The social construction of identity 8. Rethinking youth identities: modernist and postmodernist frameworks 9. Rethinking youth identities: new challenges 10. Youth research and identities: same as it ever was? Part 5: Perspectives on citizenship and participation 11. Participation and citizenship: a new agenda for youth politics research? 12. Youth work and citizenship 13. Citizenship education 14. Perspectives on social exclusion, citizenship and youth 15. The challenge of citizenship for youth study Part 6: Theory and the new agenda 16. Youth and activity theory 17. Globalisation, social exclusion and youth
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