What is youth? How do we understand youth in its social and cultural context?In this timely and sought-after title, Cieslik and Simpson provide a concise and readily accessible introduction to the interdisciplinary field of youth studies. Drawing upon the latest research and developments in the field, as well as discussing the fundamental ideas underlying the disciplines as a whole, it offers a comprehensive yet unpacked understanding of youth as a social phenomenon. Illuminating the many abstract and contested concepts within youth studies, this book offers explanations to questions such as: • How might we define youth? • How can we understand young people in relation to their social identities and practices? • What is the relationship between youth and social class? • How do youth cultures develop? • How can we understand youth in a globalized perspective? Key Concepts in Youth Studies stands out as a natural companion for students on youth studies, sociology, criminology and social science programmes. It will also be useful for youth practitioners such as social workers and teachers. Key Concepts in Youth Studies stands out as a natural companion for students on youth studies, sociology, criminology and social science programmes. It will also be useful for practitioners in area of social work and youth and community development.

Young People and Disability

Young people and disability

There is some difficulty in establishing the figure for the number of young people living with disabilities as ‘world-wide, estimates vary widely’ (Groce, 2004: 14). The United Nations (UN) claims that ‘globally there are over 650 million persons with disabilities, and around a third of these are youth’ (United Nations, 2007) so one might estimate that there are almost 217 million young disabled people in the world. Though in contrast Groce (2004: 13) suggests that globally ‘almost 180 million young people between the ages of 10–24 live with a physical, sensory, intellectual or mental health disability significant to make a difference in their daily lives’. It is not surprising there is a lack of clarity over the ...

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