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Youth and Generation
Rethinking change and inequality in the lives of young people



© 2014 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Woodman and Wyn have produced a text that offers conceptual clarity and real depth on debates in youth studies.  The authors skilfully guide us through the main sociological theories on young people and furnish us with sophisticated critiques from which to rethink youth and generation in the contemporary moment."
- Professor Anoop Nayak, Newcastle University


The promise of youth studies is not in simply showing that class, gender and race continue to influence life chances, but to show how they shape young lives today. Dan Woodman and Johanna Wyn argue that understanding new forms of inequality in a context of increasing social change is a central challenge for youth researchers.

Youth and Generation sets an agenda for youth studies building on the concepts of ‘social generation’ and ‘individualisation’ to suggest a framework for thinking about change and inequality in young lives in the emerging Asian Century.
 
Chapter 1: Continuity and Change
Individualisation  
Generation  
New Life Patterns  
Structure of the Book  
 
Chapter 2: Global Change and Inequality
Education, Urbanisation and Employment  
Inequality  
Australia in a Changing World  
The Failure of the Neoliberal Promise  
Theory in Youth Studies  
 
Chapter 3: Individualisation
Understanding Changing Patterns  
Bringing Zombie Categories Back to Life  
The Creation of the Choice Biography  
Holding Lives Together  
Researching the Making of Inequality in New Times  
 
Chapter 4: Generations
The Emergence and Marginalisation of the Sociology of Generations  
What is a Generation?  
Intergenerational Relationships  
When does a Generation Emerge?  
 
Chapter 5: Transitions
Youth Transitions and Development  
Transition Regimes and the Making of a Generations  
Research and Reflexivity  
 
Chapter 6: Cultures
Concepts of Subculture  
Post-subcultures  
Continuity and Change in Cultures Research  
Generational Change, Cultures and Divisions  
Blurring Boundaries  
 
Chapter 7: Time
Social Change and Synchronisation  
Sociality and the Digital Revolution  
Time, Youth Cultures and Inequality  
The Present, Past and Future  
 
Chapter 8: Place
The Invisibility of Place  
Theorising Young People and Place  
Mobilities, Cultures and Place  
Making Place Visible  
Place and Global Generations  
Young People Making a Place for Themselves  
 
Chapter 9: Conclusion
Generations, Transitions, Cultures  
Time, Place and the Future  

Woodman and Wyn have produced a text that offers conceptual clarity and real depth on debates in youth studies.  The authors skilfully guide us through the main sociological theories on young people and furnish us with sophisticated critiques from which to rethink youth and generation in the contemporary moment.

Professor Anoop Nayak
Newcastle University

The authors build upon an impressive publication record on youth and generation to offer here a clear argument for the re-positioning of youth studies in the future. Well written, persuasive and thought provoking.

Dr. John Goodwin
Leicester University

A very good book for those interested in Youth Studies. It gives a good overview of the main sociological theories in this study field. In the process it addresses key theoretical concepts with clarity.

Dr Jan Grobbelaar
Post-graduate faculty - Practical Theology, South African Theological Seminary
April 4, 2016

I feel that this book raises some important questions regarding the issue of generation as it applies to young people. The context chapter is useful in setting out the changes that young people have experienced over recent decades.

Dr Bernadine Brady
School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI, Galway
April 11, 2016

I think it is a good book but perhaps it is would work better on post-graduate level. Having said that, I recommended it to my students as supplemental reading as it offers very good overview of the existing research in the field.

Dr Jacek Kornak
Dept of Psychology,Sociology & Soc Wrk, University Campus Suffolk
September 21, 2015

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