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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 Subcultures
Youth subcultures

How young people experience the world involves a wide range of feelings, knowledge, perceptions and relationships. The aim of this chapter is to explore the subjective dispositions (for example, personal thoughts, emotions) and ‘cultural’ activities (for example, ways of interacting, speaking, dressing) of young people from the point of view of the relationship between material circumstances and available modes of identity construction. Who young people are—their position in the social world, and their own perceptions of their position—is always complex and complicated. The intention of the chapter is to unpack some of this complexity, in particular by examining different aspects of youth cultural life and how this is shaped by wider structural developments and social forces (such as changing economic circumstances).

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