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Young people grow up in varied circumstances with different priorities and perspectives. While youth does not exist as a single group we need to understand what is happening in young people's lives. Rethinking Youth challenges the conventional wisdoms surrounding the position and opportunities of young people today and provides a systematic overview of the major perspectives in youth studies.

Introduction
Introduction

Young people grow up in incredibly varied circumstances, with different priorities and perspectives. While ‘youth’ does not exist as a single group, there is an urgent task in understanding what is happening in young people's lives generally. In the advanced industrialised countries, it is clear that economic restructuring has not been sufficient to ensure jobs for many young people. And there is a growing sense that the life experiences of many young people in the 1990s have been greatly impoverished.

How young men and young women negotiate their futures varies, depending on cultural and national context. Similarly, ‘race’ and ethnic relations shape youth experience in ways which reflect historical differences in racism, colonialism and immigration. The position and opportunities of young people in society are ...

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