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Understanding youth in late modernity

Author: Alan France; ProQuest (Firm)
Publisher: Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2007.
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This illuminating new book embeds our understanding of the youth question within a historical context. It shows how the ideas of past political action, in conjunction with the diverse paradigms of social science disciplines, have shaped modern conceptions of the youth question. This relationship between the political and the academic is then explored through a detailed examination of contemporary debates about  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan France; ProQuest (Firm)
OCLC Number: 1096456583
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 203 pages)
Contents: Front cover --
Half title --
Title --
Copyright --
Contents --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
Outline of the book --
Chapter 1 The making of modern youth --
Introduction --
Pre-modernity: The age of place, tradition and custom --
Early modernity and the youth question --
The growth of the interventionist state --
Welfare capitalism and politics of inclusion, 1945-80 --
The arrival of the 'teenager' --
Youth in crisis: The impact of unemployment --
Youth, crime and disorder --
The 'girl question' in post-war Britain --
Conclusion --
Chapter 2 Science and the age of reason: The 'discovery of adolescence' --
Introduction --
Modernity, science and the age of reason --
G. Stanley Hall and the 'discovery of adolescence' --
Adolescence as a 'normal' part of the life course --
Criminology on the influence of 'science' --
Positive criminology and its impact --
The Chicago School and early sociology --
Functionalism: Youth as a social institution --
Anomie, subculture and delinquency --
The influence of American social science --
Conclusion --
Chapter 3 Social science and the politicisation of the youth question --
Introduction --
Youth as 'a generation for itself' --
Class, culture and the youth question --
Youth unemployment in the 1980s --
Why working-class kids got working-class jobs! --
Developments in criminology from the 1970s --
Feminism and the study of girls --
Conclusion --
Chapter 4 Youth transitions in the age of uncertainty --
Introduction --
Changing patterns of school-to-work transitions --
New times and New Labour --
Youth inequality and transitions into adulthood --
Conclusion --
Chapter 5 Youth, education and the politics of inclusion --
Introduction --
Education and the post-welfare society --
New Labour and inclusive education --
Tackling social exclusion --
The problem of (with?) social exclusion. Education and the social reproduction of inequality --
Conclusion --
Chapter 6 Threatening youth and risky futures --
Introduction --
Youth justice policy in late modernity --
Youth policy and policing of space --
The politics of youth crime --
'Popular punitiveness' in youth policy --
Youth crime and the media --
Social science and the youth crime question --
Conclusion --
Chapter 7 The marketisation and commodification of youth --
Introduction --
Consumption in late modernity --
Youth, new media technology and consumption --
Youth consumption identities --
Conclusion --
Chapter 8 Youth culture and the growth of the 'risk-taking generation' --
Introduction --
New Age travellers and eco-warriors --
Rave culture and the arrival of ecstasy --
The rise of clubbing --
Fears for (of?) the 'E' generation --
'Risk-taking' in late modernity --
Youth culture and social research --
Conclusion --
Chapter 9 The changing nature of youth in late modernity? --
Introduction --
'Political discourses' and the youth question --
Responses to the youth question --
Youth research and the youth question --
The social science and policy nexus --
The youth question and a 'new' public social science? --
Notes --
References --
Index --
Back cover.
Responsibility: Alan France.

Abstract:

This illuminating new book embeds our understanding of the youth question within a historical context. It shows how the ideas of past political action, in conjunction with the diverse paradigms of social science disciplines, have shaped modern conceptions of the youth question. This relationship between the political and the academic is then explored through a detailed examination of contemporary debates about youth, in areas such as; transitions, education, crime policy and criminology, consumption and youth culture. From this analysis the book is able to show how the youth question in late modernity is being shaped. This important text includes: a historical overview of the making of modern youth, identifying major changes that took place over three centuries; examples of how political and academic responses construct youth as a social problem; and, an evaluation of the impact of social change in late modernity on our understanding of the youth question and the everyday lives of the young. The book concludes by suggesting that in contemporary understandings of the youth question significant differences exist between the political and the academic.

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