• Summary
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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.

Youth and Economy
Youth and economy

One of the main implications of conceptualising youth as a social process is that the focus shifts from young people themselves to the way they negotiate, contest and collude in social processes. The impact of poverty on young people, the marginalisation of school ‘troublemakers’ and ‘failures’, the transformation of the youth labour market in industrialised countries and the rise of global labour markets have a fundamental effect on the experiences of growing up. These processes have historically been central to the social outcomes for young people.

In our discussion of youth and the economy, it is our intention to give some idea of the significance of social division in young people's lives. In particular, the aim of this chapter is to ...

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