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Understanding Youth

Understanding Youth
Perspectives, Identities & Practices

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February 2007 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'The series Youth: Perspectives and Practice provides a distinctive combination of expert commentary, new research, original theorising and critical reflection on how we should understand youth and work with young people. These books deserve a wide readership….the way they are written and organised will make them particularly appealing to students.'

Professor Robert MacDonald, University of Teesside

'I have found that these books have enlightened and further developed my understanding of young people and are an excellent point of reference to support my work in this field.'

Carolyn Moore, Youth Worker

Young people's lives have changed in dramatic ways in recent years. Important transformations have taken place in the social structures and processes shaping young lives, including education, the loss of the traditional youth labour market, and shifts in the nature of family and intimate relationships.

Understanding Youth: Perspectives, Identities and Practices engages with these changing experiences. By drawing on recent research and the insights of young people the book provides a clear and comprehensive overview of youth in late modernity.

" Part 1 Perspectives presents three different ways of conceptualising and understanding youth.

" Part 2 Identities considers issues of self and identity.

" Part 3 Practices explores the everyday practices that give shape to young people's lives.

The book adopts an interdisciplinary approach and presents complex issues in an accessible and interactive way. It will be essential reading for students on courses in youth work, youth studies, education, social work and social policy, and for professionals working with young people in a wide range of settings. Together with its companion volume, Youth in Context: Frameworks, Settings and Encounters, it is a core text for The Open University's third level undergraduate course Youth: Perspectives and Practice (KE308).

Mary Jane Kehily is Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at The Open University.

Mary Jane Kehily
A Cultural Perspective
Heather Montgomery
A Comparative Perspective
Rachel Thomson
A Biographical Perspective
Martin Robb
Rachel Thomson
Martin Robb
Rachel Thomson
Mary Jane Kehily
Heather Montgomery
Martin Robb

A very readable and informative volume which will be useful to me in preparing lectures as well as providing background reading for students.

Miss Caroline Ann Meredith
Department of Education Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
June 23, 2016

An interesting read - varying perspectives of the adolescence period of ones life.
A useful tool for teaching growth and development within this life stage offering suggestions for class based activities.

Miss Debbie James
Health , Central Bedfordshire College
October 20, 2015

It presents crucial ideas and concepts of Youth Studies in a clear and concise way.

Dr Jacek Kornak
Dept of Psychology,Sociology & Soc Wrk, University Campus Suffolk
November 9, 2015

I have found this book excellent for making the connection between theory and practice and understanding some of the key themes that play an integral part in young peoples lives. I have recommended it to students and supervisors whilst out visiting them on placements, especially those working in specialist areas such as mental health, gender based projects and play. Its clear layout and easy navigation makes it easy to follow. The book is now also an essential read for students studying on my foundation degree health and Wellbeing module.

Miss Hannah Jones
Youth and Community Studies, University of South Wales (Newport)
January 29, 2015

This text provides students and practitioners with a comprehensive source to understand and reflect on the youth question. Covering in detail many key areas which are relevant for those working with young people, including identity and an exploration of social divisions.

Miss Tracy Ramsey
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
January 5, 2015

A useful and informative text, covering a wide range of areas important for those on courses relating to working with children and young people. The blend of activities and further reading enhanced the development of knowledge and understanding.

Miss Tracy Ramsey
Social Work Department, Liverpool Hope University
July 24, 2015

This book is being adopted to form the backbone of both the BA and MA Youth Justice sessions. The book has three parts, Perspectives , identities and practicies. The last part will prove especially useful as it explores in some depth the transistional stages of youth in to adulthood and the relationships with work, play and relating.

Mr Warren Smith
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
November 27, 2013

The text contains contemporary youth identities, drawing on a range of examples with which students will be familiar. These examples are analysed within a clear theoretical frameworks which is presented in a thorough, but accessible way.

Mr Howard Stones
School of Education & Childhood, Leeds Metropolitan University
September 30, 2013

A great undergrad text

Ms Melanie Feek
community & youth, College of St Mark and St John
March 4, 2013

This book supports the learning outcomes of the module.

Mrs Susan Skipper
Law Justice & Community Studies, East Lancashire Institute of HE at Blackburn
November 14, 2012

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