Title first published in 2003. This timely and original book is the most comprehensive and authoritative analysis of Russia's risk society to date. Referring to the works of Douglas, Beck and Giddens, it considers a variety of theories of risk and applies them to young people in different risk societies, showing how these youngsters have adapted to cope with risk.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Risk and modernity: theories and concepts; Russia's risk society; Coming of age in different risk societies; Youth conflict in a risk society; Resolving youth conflict: the localization and globalization of risk; Risk trends in the life situation of young people; Conclusion: reflections on youth at the start of the twenty-first century; Bibliography; Index.
Christopher Williams is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK and Professor Vladimir Chuprov and Dr. Julia Zubok are Head and Senior Research Fellow, Sociology of Youth Centre, Institute of Socio-Political Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. All are renowned specialists on youth affairs.
’This excellent book provides a stimulating analysis of youth transitions in Russia and compares trends to those occurring in western societies. Given the rapid pace of change in Russia, it helps generate new theoretical insights on modernisation, globalisation and processes of social reproduction and deserves to be read by anyone interested in youth.’ Andy Furlong, University of Glasgow, UK ’This accessible, co-authored monograph has a high relevance for all social scientists around the world and specially for youth sociologists and researchers. The wide-ranging overview and revealing analyses of "risk society" and "modernity" as the context for young people in Russia since the mid-1980s are of great value. They give a clear understanding of the changes in Russia and their impact on the specific features of post-communist Russian youth and their transition in an unstable society, thus being valuable for all researchers, practitioners and students who are concerned with youth and community work or with youth policy. This is an important book precisely because there is none other quite like it.’ Helena Helve, University of Helsinki, Finland ’The research is impeccable and the authors make valid and interesting points...Christopher Williams, Vladimir Chuprov and Julia Zubok have provided what is surely an invaluable tome to anyone studying youth in modern day Russia, and for specialist sociological researchers.’ East-West Review '...[I] encourage the scientific youth community...to read the book as there is certainly not much literature on the life situation of contemporary Russian young people which gives so much information.' Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research