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Youth in Society

Youth in Society
Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice

Second Edition
Edited by:

January 2004 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'The book is a useful student text that offers a wide range of well informed perspectives on the position of young people in society today. It has built on its successful first edition and should provide a useful springboard to further study'

- Scolag Legal Journal

'This resource will be very helpful to all those already working with children and young people and essential for those who are currently learning about how to work with children and young people'- Gill Frances, Director Children's Development National Children's Bureau

Are the recent policy initiatives aimed at improving life chances for young people working? Have they affected those most in need? How can young people be given more of a voice in policy making?

The new edition of this bestselling text offers a comprehensive introduction to the policy developments affecting young people in today's society, covering the areas of education and training, work, youth justice, residential care and child protection. It brings together a wide-ranging series of readings written by leading experts, to encourage those working with young people, or training to do so, to critically reflect on both the theoretical and practical dimensions of their work.

The themes and issues addressed in this book include: citizenship, participation and empowerment; social difference and social identity; images of youth; young people and the politics of service provision; and working with young people in different contexts.

This new edition has been revised in order to bring it up-to-date on contemporary policy, law and practice changes and developments. Written in a lively and engaging manner, this accessible text will be invaluable reading for students taking courses in youth and social work, social policy, youth and criminal justice and the sociology of youth.

Youth in Society is a set book for the Open University courses K201, Working With Young People and K268, Social Work with Young People.

Rachel Thomson, Ronny Flynn, Jeremy Roche and Stanley Tucker
Introduction to the Second Edition
Rex Stainton Rogers
The Making and Moulding of Modern Youth
A Short History

Christine Griffin
Representations of the Young
Wendy Stainton Rogers et al
Worlds Apart
Young People's Aspirations in a Changing Europe

Les Back
`Pale Shadows'
Racism, Masculinity and Multiculture

Jeremy Roche
Children's Rights
Participation and Dialogue

Tom Storrie
Citizens or What?
Gargi Bhattacharyya and John Gabriel
Racial Formations of Youth in Late 20th Century England
Claire Hackett
Young People and Political Participation
Stanley Tucker
Youth Working
Professional Identities Given, Received or Contested?

Bob Coles
Welfare Services for Young People
Better Connections?

Stanley Tucker and Steve Walker
Education and Training Provision for Young People
A New Era?

Joe Oldman
Beyond Bricks and Mortar
Harriet Bradley and Paul Hickman
In and Out of Work? The Changing Fortunes of Young People in Contemporary Labour Markets
John Muncie
Youth Justice
Responsibilisation and Rights

Daren Garratt
Youth Cultures and Sub-Cultures
Lena Robinson
Black Adolescent Identity and the Inadequacies of Western Psychology
Maria Pini
Technologies of the Self
Tim Edwards
Rex Stainton Rogers
Constructing a Way of Life
Harriette Marshall and Paul Stenner
Friends and Lovers
Brian Dimmock
Young People and Family Life
Apocalypse Now or Business as Usual?

Sally French and John Swain
Young Disabled People
Brian Corby
The Mistreatment of Young People
Sarah Banks
The Dilemmas of Intervention
John Coleman, Liza Catan and Catherine Dennison
You're the Last Person I'd Talk To
Adrian Ward
Working with Young People in Residential Settings
Simon Bradford
The Management of Growing Up
Youth Work in Community Settings


An excellen updating of a text used previously . will additionally now be used on bothundergraduate programme & a postgraduate module Theorising youth Work.

Mr Colin Heslop
Youth & Community, Glyndwr University
October 8, 2010

A highly comprehensive textbook which offers: (i) students a structured & sequenced approach to learning &; (ii) lecturers a very useful & valuable teaching aid. Roche's publication so far in youth studies have been of the highest quality & this latest source follows that trend.

Dr John Stitt
School of Applied Social Science, University of Cumbria
July 23, 2010

This is a useful book regarding economically disadvantaged groups in society and they social circumstances they are embroiled in.

Miss Vickie Cooper
Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
March 25, 2010

A convincing collection of readings that cover a wide range of pertinent issues relating to young people. The readings are short, informative and engaging. All students concerned with studying the context of modern youths lives should read this book. Highly recommended.

Graham Grace-Gardener
Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University
October 13, 2009

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