February 2009, Polity
Youth represents a thought-provoking challenge to a new generation of social science students, youth researchers and practitioners to distance themselves from the politically- and emotively-charged issue of youth in contemporary society and move further towards re-theorizing the concept of youth in ways which are relevant to young people’s lives today.
1 What is ‘Youth’? 1
2 Youth as Action 30
3 Youth as Identity 58
4 Youth as Transition 84
5 Youth and Inequality 112
6 Youth and Dependence 140
7 Youth in Society 164
Places the concept within a wide range of contexts, considering:
youth cultures, youth movements, inequalities, transitions from
childhood to adulthood, issues of dependence and independence,
amongst other issues.
Relates the historical and contemporary understanding of
‘youth’ to wider social theory in a very accessible and
practical way, offering suggestions as to how to understand
‘youth’ in the 21st century.
Gill Jones is a very well respected figure in youth
studies/sociology of youth - one of the most senior in the UK. This
book is a succinct account of her opinion on youth today after
years of research and experience in the field.
Relevant for courses such as sociology of youth/childhood/adolescence/the family, as well as on a wider range of courses across the social sciences which deal with young people (e.g. young offenders & youth crime; youth employment/labour markets; social work; social & educational policy, etc)
"Youth usefully embeds the category of youth within wider
debates in the social sciences, indicating how they have either
addressed the question of youth, or could be extrapolated to have
something to add to theoretical approaches to youth."
British Journal of Sociology of Education
"The particular value of Jones' approach is that it moves easily
between social, cultural and psychoanalytical theorists to reveal
what nuggets of value they hold in relation to young
Shane Blackman, Canterbury Christ Church University for Sociology
"It's all here, including the kitchen sink. Everything you ever
wanted to know about youth and a few other things you hadn't
thought of can be found between the pages of this book."
Mary Jane Kehily, The Open University for Sociology
"A very handy little book for anyone who wants a simple but
comprehensive introduction to the social scientific study of
Tracy Shildrick, University of Teeside for Sociology
"An excellent textbook that will be used at many levels of study
(and, I imagine, teaching!)."
Howard Williamson, University of Glamorgan for Sociology
“In the latest of what has been a series of path-breaking
discussions of the subject, Gill Jones cuts through the complexity
of ‘youth’ to give an easily accessible account of the
evolving theories in the field and the evidence that can be
marshalled in support of each of them. The breadth of her
scholarship draws upon the wider framework of globalisation, and
the social, demographic and cultural upheavals in the context of
young people’s lives.”
John Bynner, University of London
James Côté, University of Western Ontario
"After over twenty years of empirical research and thoughtful
analysis on the subject of this book Professor Jones has distilled
her considerable experience into an authoritative text that will
help countless students to write their essays and, I suspect, many
of their teachers to prepare their lectures. Gill Jones has
established herself as the doyenne of the sociology of
Ray Pahl, University of Essex