This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.



A young person who is too old to be regarded socially as just a child – usually but not necessarily a teenager – but who is not yet legally an adult; also a period in the life-course that is situated between childhood and adulthood.

The word ‘youth’ is interesting because as our definition suggests, unlike child, it is used to describe both an individual at a particular stage in their life-course and a social category, the equivalent to which for child is childhood. In its social construction in western industrialised countries, it is linked not only to chronological age, loosely defining that period between the ages of 13 and 18, but also to physical development (describing the period of rapid growth associated with the onset of ...

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