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Conclusions

In this book, I have tried to highlight something of the breadth of

young people’s lives. We have seen that, although young people may

be similar in age, their experiences are very diverse depending on what

other identities they possess and where they live. The various chapters

have charted the complexities of what it means to be young, the details

of young people’s engagements with different scales, themes and sites,

and the multiple challenges young people face on a daily basis. What it

means to be a young person has transformed rapidly over the last few

decades as broad changes in the economy, the availability of work and

access to education (see, for example Chapters 8, 9 and 12) have altered

how young people manage the transition to adulthood and negotiate

their youth. Furthermore, this book has also explored the ways that

young people are frequently misunderstood and misrepresented, as

ageism works to stigmatise their behaviour, associate them with

negative activities and demonise their everyday practices. At the same

time, young people are not simply victims of these misunderstandings

and instead respond in interesting and creative ways to the ageist

processes they are subjected to.