• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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 Marginalisation
Youth marginalisation

One consequence of the social processes we have described in this book is that often young people do not have the power to shape their lives as they might otherwise have done. Specific case studies and ethnographies of young people do illustrate the many and varied ways in which young people are presently ‘making sense’ of their world and how they are actively constructing their own life patterns and experiences. Yet when all is said and done, the issues surrounding youth identity and youth ‘agency’ are ultimately circumscribed, and contextualised, by the dominant social relations within which young people are positioned.

A major point of this chapter, in fact, is that in order to understand the central issues facing young people it is ...

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