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Young People and Social Change / Edition 2

Young People and Social Change / Edition 2

by Andy Furlong, Fred CartmelAndy Furlong


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Reviews of the first edition

“Not only does the clarity of the authors’ writing make the book very accessible, but their argument is also illustrated throughout with a broad range of empirical material … undoubtedly a strong contribution to the study of both contemporary youth and ‘late-modern’ society.”

Youth Justice

“A very accessible, well-evidenced and important book … It succeeds in raising important questions in a new and powerful way.”

Journal of Education and Work

“the book will be very popular with students and with academics…..The clarity of the organization, expression and argument is particularly commendable. I have no doubt that Young People and Social Change will rightly find its way onto the recommended reading lists of many in the field.”

Professor Robert MacDonald, University of Teesside

A welcome update to one of the most influential and authoritative books on young people in modern societies. With a fuller theoretical explanation and drawing on a comprehensive range of studies from Europe, North America, Australia and Japan, the second edition of Young People and Social Change is a valuable contribution to the field. The authors examine modern theoretical interpretations of social change in relation to young people and provide an overview of their experiences in a number of key contexts such as education, employment, the family, leisure, health, crime and politics.

Building on the success of the previous edition, the second edition offers an expanded theoretical approach and wider coverage of empirical data to take into account worldwide developments in the field. Drawing on a wealth of research evidence, the book highlights key differences between the experiences of young people in different countries in the developed world.

Young People and Social Change offers a wide-ranging and up-to-date introductory text for students in sociology of youth, sociology of education, social stratification and related fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335218684
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2006
Series: Sociology and Social Change Ser.
Edition description: REV
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Andy Furlong is Professor of Youth, Education and Employment at the University of Glasgow.

Fred Cartmel is Lecturer and Researcher in the Youth, Education and Employment Research Unit at the University of Glasgow.

Table of Contents

List of figures     vii
The authors     ix
Acknowledgements     x
Series editor's preface     xi
The risk society     1
Introduction     1
'Risikogesellschaft'     3
Social class and biography     6
Growing up in the risk society     8
Conclusion     12
Change and continuity in education     13
Introduction     13
Trends     16
Differentiated outcomes     27
Conclusion     32
Social change and labour market transitions     34
Introduction     34
The changing youth labour market     36
Responding to labour market changes     41
The maintenance of labour market inequalities     45
Reconceptualizing social reproduction     48
Conclusion     51
Changing patterns of dependency     53
Introduction     53
The extension of semi-dependency     54
Identity     58
Housing and domestic transitions     60
Conclusion     69
Leisure and lifestyles     71
Introduction     71
Leisure     73
Youth cultures     80
Conclusion     85
Health risks in late modernity     87
Introduction     87
Health inequalities in youth     88
Health related behaviours     95
Conclusion     103
Crime and insecurity     104
Introduction     104
The 'problem' of crime     106
Involvement in crime     110
Criminal careers     114
Young people as victims of crime     116
Conclusion     119
Politics and participation     121
Introduction     121
Political interest and knowledge     124
Political participation     128
Post-materialist politics     134
Conclusion     137
The epistemological fallacy of late modernity     138
Introduction     138
The crossroads of social reproduction     139
Conceptualizing late modernity     142
Notes     145
References     147
Index     173

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