Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood: New Perspectives and Agendas (Routledge International Handbooks)

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The parameters within which young people live their lives have changed radically. Changes in education and the labour market have led to an increased complexity of the youth phase and to an overall protraction in dependency and transitions.

Written by leading academics from several countries, this Handbook introduces up to date perspectives on a wide range of issues that affect and shape youth and young adulthood. It provides an authoritative and multi-disciplinary overview of a field of study that offers unique insight on social change in advanced societies and is aimed at academics, students, researchers and policy-makers.

The Handbook introduces some of the key theoretical perspectives used within youth studies and sets out future research agendas. Each of the ten sections covers an important area of research – from education and the labour market to youth cultures, health and crime whilst discussing change and continuity in the lives of young people. This work introduces readers to some of the most important work in the field while highlighting the underlying perspectives that have been used to understand the complexity of modern youth and young adulthood.

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Andy Furlong is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Glasgow and editor of the Journal of Youth Studies.

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"Furlong is to be commended for developing a rich, authoritative compilation that captures multifaceted issues regarding youth and young adulthood and immerses readers into the field of youth studies and the sociocultural context. With sweeping, comprehensive coverage from leading researchers across the globe, Handbook addresses the challenges, concerns, and opportunities that influence youth in society and gathers this information into ten critical areas, ranging from education, employment, and family to civic engagement, deviance, and identity. Each of the more than 50 articles is current, relevant, and extensive. More importantly, Handbook is written for a diverse audience. From the classroom to the field, from academics and their students to practitioners and researchers, this Handbook is designed to be read, understood, and put to practice. Volunteer youth mentors and vocational counselors should equally find Handbook a significant resource. The essays will enable readers to gain understanding of youth development, strengthen services to youth and young adults, and change public policy to improve quality of life. An important text that combines a wealth of knowledge in one location... Highly Recommended."Choice, February 2010

"This is an important and timely publication.   Major social and economic challenges are looming for youth and young adults, and, with its focus on new agendas, this book represents a perspective that will be urgently needed in the coming years.  I welcome its breadth of coverage, its international viewpoint, and the multi-disciplinary approach taken by the Editor. This book will be required reading for anyone working in the field."John Coleman, OBE.  Senior Research Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford

"Andy Furlong has done the field of youth research a great service by bringing together this multi-disciplinary collection of papers from leading academics. Under one set of covers he delivers papers which provide a great overview of different perspectives on a wide range of youth issues and locates them within the processes of change currently transforming societies."David Ashton, Professor, University of Leicester

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