Youth Studies

An Introduction

By Andy Furlong

© 2013 – Routledge

300 pages

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About the Book

Youth Studies: an introduction is a clear, jargon-free and accessible textbook which will be invaluable in helping to explain concepts, theories and trends within youth studies. The concise summaries of key texts and the ideas of important theorists make the book an invaluable resource. The book also raises questions for discussion, with international case studies and up-to-date examples.

The book discusses important issues within youth studies, for example:

  • education and opportunity
  • employment and unemployment
  • family, friends and living arrangements
  • crime and justice
  • identities
  • health and sexuality
  • citizenship and political engagement.

Suitable for a wide range of youth-related courses, this textbook provides a theoretical and empirical introduction to youth studies. It will appeal to undergraduate students on international academic and vocational courses, including sociology, politics, criminology, social policy, geography and psychology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. 1. Youth and the Life Course 2. Divisions in Youth. 3. Education and Opportunity 4. Employment and Unemployment 5. Family, Friends and Living Arrangements 6. Identities 7. Youth cultures and Lifestyles 8. Health and Wellbeing 9. Crime and Justice 10. Citizenship and Political Engagement 11. Beyond the First World 12. Working with Young People. Notes. References. Index.

About the Author

Andy Furlong is Professor of Social Inclusion and Education in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Andy is an educational sociologist with a long-standing specialism in the study of youth and a strong interest in the reproduction of inequalities and in processes of social change. Since 1998 he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Youth Studies, and his books on youth include Young People and Social Change (with Fred Cartmel, 1997, second edition 2007, Open University Press), Higher Education and Social Justice (with Fred Cartmel, 2009, Open University Press) and the Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood (2009, Routledge).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General