Youth and Young Adulthood: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Youth and Young Adulthood

1st Edition

Edited by Andy Furlong, Dan Woodman


1,544 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9780415830348
pub: 2014-10-09

FREE Standard Shipping!


The parameters within which young people live their lives have changed radically. In particular, rapid and dizzying changes to education systems and labour markets around the world have dramatically increased the complexity of the so-called ‘youth phase’.

While ‘youth’ and ‘young adulthood’ have developed and cohered into critical concepts in contemporary social and cultural analysis, the daunting quantity (and variable quality) of the available research exploring the many, often controversial, issues that the concepts throw up makes it difficult to discriminate the useful from the tendentious, superficial, and otiose. That is why this new four-volume collection in the highly regarded Routledge series, Critical Concepts in Sociology, is so timely. It answers the urgent need for a wide-ranging 'mini library' to provide easy access to the key items of scholarly literature, material that is often inaccessible or scattered throughout a variety of specialist journals and books.

Youth and Young Adulthood is supplemented with a full index, and includes a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context. It is destined to be valued by scholars and students, and researchers as a vital resource.

* * * * *

Andy Furlong, the lead editor of this collection, is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Glasgow. He edits the Journal of Youth Studies and is an adviser to the Japanese Youth Cohort Survey team.

Table of Contents

Volume I

1. G. S. Hall, Adolescence: Its Psychology and its Relations to Physiology, Anthropology, Sociology, Sex, Crime, Religion and Education (D. Appleton & Co., 1905), pp. 70–91, 93–4.

2. J. Ortega y Gasset, The Modern Theme [1923] (Harper and Row, 1933), pp. 11–18.

3. K. Mannheim, ‘The Problem of Generations’ [1927], Essays on the Sociology of Knowledge (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1952), pp. 286–322.

4. M. Mead, Coming of Age in Samoa (Penguin, 1928), pp. 135–60.

5. T. Parsons, ‘Age and Sex in the Context of the United States’, American Sociological Review, 1942, 7, 604–16.

6. S. N. Eisenstadt, From Generation to Generation (The Free Press, 1956), pp. 33–44, 54–5.

7. M. Abrams, The Teenage Consumer (Press Exchange, 1959), pp. 5–7, 9–11, 13–17, 19, 21–2.

8. J. Coleman, The Adolescent Society: The Social Life of the Teenager and its Impact on Education (Free Press of Glencoe, 1961), pp. 1–10.

9. F. Musgrove, Youth and the Social Order (Routledge and Kegan Paul), pp. 1–9.

10. S. Allen, ‘Some Theoretical Problems in the Study of Youth’, Sociological Review, 1968, 16, 3, 319–31.

11. E. H. Erikson, Identity, Youth and Crisis (Norton, 1968), pp. 91–6, 129–39.

12. L. S. Feuer, The Conflict of Generations (Basic Books, 1969), pp. 3–17, 19–20, 25–36, 49–51.

13. D. B. Kandel and G. S. Lesser, Youth in Two Worlds (Jossey-Bass, 1972), pp. 1–8.

14. G. Jones and C. Wallace, Youth, Family and Citizenship (Open University Press, 1992), pp. 1, 3–5, 17–23.

15. P. Bourdieu, ‘"Youth" is Just a Word’, Sociology in Question (Sage, 1993), pp. 94–102.

16. N. Lesko, ‘Denaturalizing Adolescence: The Politics of Contemporary Representations’, Youth & Society, 1996, 28, 2, 139–61.

17. A. Furlong and F. Cartmel, Young People and Social Change: Individualization and Risk in Late Modernity (Open University Press, 1997), pp. 1–8, 109–14.

18. A. Rattansi and A. Phoenix, ‘Re-thinking Youth Identities: Modernist and Post-modernist Frameworks’, Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 1997, 5, 2, 97–123.

19. J. Wyn and R. White, Rethinking Youth (Allen and Unwin, 1997), pp. 8–25.

20. D. Massey, ‘The Spatial Construction of Youth Cultures’, in T. Skelton and G. Valentine (eds.), Cool Places: Geographies of Youth Culture (Routledge, 1998), pp. 120–9.

21. T. Hall, A. Coffey, and H. Williamson, ‘Self, Space and Place: Youth Identities and Citizenship’, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1999, 20, 4, 501–13.

22. J. Cote, ‘The Role of Identity Capital in the Transition to Adulthood’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2002, 5, 2, 117–34.

23. P. Mizen, ‘Putting the Politics Back into Youth Studies: Keynesianism, Monetarism and the Changing State’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2002, 5, 1, 5–20.

24. J. J. Arnett, Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties (Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 3–24.

25. J. Bynner, ‘Rethinking the Youth Phase in the Lifecourse: The Case for Emerging Adulthood’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2005, 8, 4, 367–84.

26. C. Leccardi, ‘Facing Uncertainty: Temporalities and Biographies in the New Century’, Young, 2005, 13, 2, 123–46.

27. J. Wyn and D. Woodman, ‘Generation, Youth and Social Change in Australia’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2006, 9, 5, 495–514.

28. U. Beck and E. Beck-Gernsheim, ‘Global Generations and the Trap of Methodological Nationalism for a Cosmopolitan Turn in the Sociology of Youth and Generation’, European Sociological Review, 2009, 25, 25–36.

Volume II

29. P. Cohen, ‘Sub-cultural Conflict and Working-Class Community’, Rethinking the Youth Question: Education, Labour and Cultural Studies (Duke University Press, 1972), pp. 50–63.

30. J. Clarke, S. Hall, T. Jefferson, and B. Roberts, ‘Subcultures, Cultures and Class: A Theoretical Overview’, in S. Hall and T. Jefferson (eds.), Resistance Through Rituals: Youth Subcultures in Post-War Britain (Hutchinson, 1976), pp. 3–25, 35–57.

31. A. McRobbie and J. Garber, ‘Girls and Subcultures: An Exploration’, in S. Hall and T. Jefferson (eds.), Resistance Through Rituals (Hutchinson, 1976), pp. 177–88.

32. D. Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style (Methuen, 1979), pp. 73–89.

33. G. Clarke, ‘Defending Ski-jumpers’ (CCCS Occasional Paper 71, Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham, 1981), pp. 81–96.

34. S. Redhead, The End of the Century Party: Youth and Pop Towards 2000 (Manchester University Press, 1990), pp. 23–6, 40–7.

35. A. McRobbie, Feminism and Youth Culture—From Jackie to Just Seventeen: Schoolgirl Fictions (Macmillan, 1991), pp. 135–55, 174–88.

36. V. Amit-Tali, ‘Conclusion: The "Multi" Cultural of Youth’, in Amit-Tali and H. Wulff (eds.), Youth Cultures: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Routledge, 1995), pp. 123–32.

37. S. Thornton, Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital (Polity Press, 1995), pp. 1–14, 163–8.

38. A. Bennett, ‘Sub-culture or Neo-tribes? Rethinking the Relationship Between Youth, Style and Musical Taste’, Sociology, 1999, 33, 3, 599–617.

39. D. Muggleton, Inside Subcultures: The Postmodern Meaning of Style (Berg, 2000), pp. 33–54.

40. P. Hodkinson, Goth: Identity, Style and Subculture (Berg, 2002), pp. 35–64.

41. A. Nayak, Race, Place and Globalization: Youth Cultures in a Changing World (Berg, 2003), pp. 167–78.

42. D. Hesmondhalgh, ‘Subcultures, Scenes or Tribes? None of the Above’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2005, 8, 1, 21–40.

43. S. Blackman, ‘Youth Subculture Theory’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2005, 8, 1, 1–20.

44. T. Shildrick and R. MacDonald, ‘In Defence of Subculture: Young People, Leisure and Social Divisions’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2006, 9, 2, 125–40.

45. P. Nilan and C. Feixa, ‘Youth Hybridity and Plural Worlds’, in P. Nilan and C. Feixa (eds.), Global Youth? Hybrid Identities, Plural Worlds (Routledge, 2006), pp. 1–13.

46. R. Huq, Beyond Subculture: Pop, Youth and Identity in a Postcolonial World (Routledge, 2006), pp. 25–41.

Volume III

47. K. Roberts, ‘The Entry into Employment: An Approach Towards a General Theory’, Sociological Review, 1968, 16, 2, 165–84.

48. D. Ashton and D. Field, Young Workers (Hutchinson, 1976), pp. 94–118.

49. S. Sharpe, Just Like a Girl (Penguin, 1976), pp. 300–17.

50. P. Willis, Learning to Labour (Saxon House, 1977), pp. 119–44.

51. R. Jenkins, Lads, Citizens and Ordinary Kids: Working-Class Youth Lifestyles in Belfast (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983), pp 41–53.

52. C. Griffin, Typical Girls? Young Women from School to the Job Market (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985), pp. 1–6, 185–93.

53. K. Evans and A. Furlong, ‘Metaphors of Youth Transitions: Niches, Pathways, Trajectories or Navigations’, in J. Bynner, L. Chisholm, and A. Furlong (eds.), Youth, Citizenship and Social Change in a European Context (Ashgate, 1997), pp. 17–41.

54. M. Reymond du Bois, ‘"I Don’t Want to Commit Myself Yet": Young People’s Life Concepts’, Journal of Youth Studies, 1998, 1, 1, 63–79.

55. S. J. Ball, M. Maguire, and S. Macrae, Choice, Pathways and Transitions Post-16 (Routledge-Falmer, 2000), pp. 1–8.

56. EGRIS ‘Misleading Trajectories: Transitional Dilemmas of Young Adults in Europe’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2001, 4, 1, 101–19.

57. R. MacDonald and J. Marsh, ‘Disconnected Youth’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2001, 4, 4, 373–91.

58. L. McDowell, Redundant Masculinities: Employment Change and White Working-Class Youth (Blackwell, 2003), pp. 56–65, 67–70, 72–92.

59. A. Harris, Future Girl: Young Women in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2004), pp. 13–36.

60. G. Pascall and N. Hendey, ‘Disability and the Transition to Adulthood: The Politics of Parenting’, Critical Social Policy, 2004, 24, 2, 165–86.

61. J. Goodwin and H. O’Connor, ‘Exploring Complex Transitions: Looking Back at the "Golden Age" of From School to Work’, Sociology, 2005, 39, 2, 201–20.

62. A. Furlong, ‘Not a Very NEET Solution: Representing Problematic Transitions Among Early School-leavers’, Work, Employment and Society, 2006, 20, 3, 553–69.

63. S. Henderson, J. Holland, S. McGrellis, S. Sharpe, and R. Thomson, Inventing Adulthoods: A Biographical Approach to Youth Transitions (Sage, 2007), pp. 18–32.

64. W. R. Heinz, ‘Youth Transitions in an Age of Uncertainty’, in A. Furlong (ed.), Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood: New Perspectives and Agendas (Routledge, 2009), pp. 3–13.

65. A. Inui, ‘NEETs, Freeters and Flexibility: Reflecting Precarious Situations in the New Labour Market’, in A. Furlong (ed.), Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood (Routledge, 2009), pp. 176–81.

66. K. Roberts, Youth in Transition: Eastern Europe and the West (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 96–119.

Volume IV

67. F. Thresher, The Gang: A Study of 1313 Gangs in Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 1927), pp. 45–57.

68. W. Foote-Whyte, Street Corner Society: The Social Structure of an Italian Slum (University of Chicago Press, 1943), pp. 255–76.

69. A. Cohen, Delinquent Boys: The Subculture of the Gang (Collier-Macmillan, 1956), pp. 21–48.

70. J. Young, The Drugtakers (Paladin, 1971), pp. 139–47.

71. S. Cohen, Folk Devils and Moral Panics (MacGibbon and Kee, 1972), pp. 1–3, 201–33.

72. H. Parker, F. Measham, and J. Aldridge, Illegal Leisure: The Normalisation of Adolescent Drug Use (Routledge, 1998), pp. 119–50.

73. S. Miles, Youth Lifestyles in a Changing World (Open University Press, 2000), pp. 147–61.

74. P. Kelly, ‘Youth at Risk: Processes of Individualisation and Responsibilisation in the Risk Society’, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2001, 22, 1, 23–33.

75. T. Shildrick, ‘Young People, Illicit Drugs and the Question of Normalisation’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2002, 5, 35–48.

76. R. Hollands, ‘Division in the Dark: Youth Cultures, Transitions and Segmented Consumption Spaces in the Night-time Economy’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2002, 5, 153–73.

77. L. Frost, ‘Doing Bodies Differently: Gender, Youth, Appearance and Damage’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2003, 6, 1, 54–70.

78. G. Valentine and T. Skelton, ‘Finding Oneself, Losing Oneself: The Lesbian and Gay "Scene" as a Paradoxical Space’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2003, 27, 4, 849–66.

79. N. Scheper-Hughes, ‘Dangerous and Endangered Youth: Social Structures and Determinants of Violence’, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2004, 1036, 13–46.

80. A. France, Understanding Youth in Late Modernity (Open University Press, 2007), pp. 115–32.

81. S. Batchelor, ‘Girls, Gangs and Violence: Assessing the Evidence’, Probation Journal, 2009, 56, 4, 399–414.

82. H. A. Giroux, Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 69–106.

83. A. West, J. Lewis, and P. Currie, ‘Students’ Facebook "Friends": Public and Private Spheres’, Journal of Youth Studies, 2009, 12, 6, 615–27.

About the Series

Critical Concepts in Sociology

The Routledge Critical Concepts in Sociology series provides concise, authoritative reprints of key articles in sociology, collecting the essential secondary literature on key subjects. Edited by acknowledged leaders in the field, each set puts the development of fundamental concepts into their historical context, and provides students and researchers with a clear snapshot of current thinking. Collections span a multitude of subject areas, including religion, multiculturalism and celebrity.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General