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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 Transitions
Youth transitions

The concept of transition has become central in discussions of youth, especially in the English speaking world, but increasingly also in European countries such as Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. The interest in understanding and in structuring transitions for young people has emerged in response to the failure of traditional pathways towards achieving adulthood. In Australia, Britain and in Canada the interest in youth transitions has focused on the relationship of education and schooling to the labour market.

The study of transitions focuses on the way in which institutions structure the process of growing up. Regardless of the nature of the formal and systematic processes, all societies are experiencing increasing divisions between those for whom a legitimate livelihood is achievable and those who ...

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