• 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.

Conclusion
Conclusion

‘Rethinking youth’ is an important concern. Throughout this book we have argued that the concept of youth is itself problematic when it is used to categorise people by age alone. We suggest that placing the emphasis instead on youth as a social process offers the opportunity to understand how different social groups of young people face the struggle to reconstruct and define their identities against the more powerful definitions and constructions of other groups, including journalists, politicians, teachers and youth workers. Young people in post-apartheid South Africa, for example, face the difficult task of reconstructing their identities in a non-racist discourse. Similarly, young people in Nyungar and Koori communities and other indigenous Australians are working to strengthen the definition of their identities from their ...

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