The second and completely revised edition of the Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood draws on the work of leading academics from four continents in order to introduce up-to-date perspectives on a wide range of issues that affect and shape youth and young adulthood. It provides a multi-disciplinary overview of a dynamic field of study that offers unique insights on social change in advanced societies. It is aimed at researchers, policy-makers and advanced students on a global level.

The Handbook introduces the main 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 – discussing change and continuity in the lives of young people, introducing 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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PART I Reconceptualising youth transitions

chapter 1|9 pages

The changing landscape of youth and young adulthood

ByAndy Furlong

chapter 2|8 pages

Socio- economic reproduction

ByKen Roberts

chapter 3|7 pages

The sociology of generations and youth studies

ByDan Woodman

chapter 4|7 pages

Youth and reflexive life management

ByRachel Thomson

chapter 5|7 pages

The emergence of emerging adulthood: the new life stage between adolescence and young adulthood

ByJennifer Lynn Tanner, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

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PART II Divisions

chapter 6|7 pages

Young people and social class

BySteven Roberts

chapter 8|9 pages

Young people, race and ethnicity

ByAnoop Nayak

chapter 9|15 pages

Youth and disability: growing up, getting out, getting on?

ByAlan Roulstone

chapter 10|7 pages

Young refugees

ByElizabeth Heger Boyle, Jasmine Trang Ha

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PART III Education

chapter 11|8 pages

Educating for late modernity

ByJohanna Wyn

chapter 12|8 pages

The influence of basic skills and literacy practices on youth transitions and identities

ByMark Cieslik, Donald Simpson

chapter 13|6 pages

Young people and higher education

ByRachel Brooks

chapter 14|8 pages


ByDavid B. Bills, Lukas Graf, Paula Protsch

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PART IV Employment

chapter 16|8 pages

Changing experiences of work

ByJeylan T. Mortimer

chapter 17|15 pages

Youth unemployment

ByNiall O’Higgins

chapter 19|8 pages

NEETs in European agenda: characteristics and policy debate

ByMassimiliano Mascherini

chapter 20|10 pages

Urban Chinese youth

ByAlex Cockain

chapter 21|9 pages

Youth entrepreneurship: a developmental systems perspective

ByG. John Geldhof, Sara K. Johnson, Michelle B. Weiner, Dustin Hunt, Richard M. Lerner

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PART V Dependency

chapter 22|6 pages

Leaving the parental home as a transition marker to adulthood

ByAnne Berngruber

chapter 24|8 pages

Intergenerational support during the transition to adulthood

ByTeresa Toguchi Swartz and Kirsten Bengtson O’Brien

chapter 25|6 pages

Early childbearing in the new era of delayed adulthood

ByFrank Furstenberg Jr

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PART VI Youth culture

chapter 27|8 pages

Cultural transitions: celebrity and young people’s aspirations

ByKim Allen, Heather Mendick, Laura Harvey, Aisha Ahmad

chapter 28|7 pages

Young adults and the night- time economy

ByRobert G. Hollands

chapter 29|8 pages

Youth and consumer markets

ByAmy L. Best, Randy Lynn

chapter 30|6 pages

Spectacular soundtracks: youth and music

ByAndy Bennett

chapter 32|7 pages

Spectacular youth? Young people’s fashion and style

ByPaul Hodkinson

chapter 33|12 pages

Young cyborgs? Youth and the digital age

ByKate C. Tilleczek, Ron Srigley

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PART VII Civic engagement and disengagement

chapter 35|6 pages

Young people, politics and citizenship

ByAnita Harris

chapter 36|7 pages

Do the young still need trade unions and do unions want them?

ByGlynne Williams, Martin Quinn

chapter 37|8 pages

Understanding online activism in a transition society

ByAiri- Alina Allaste and David Cairns

chapter 38|9 pages

Young people and armed conflict

ByColette Daiute

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PART VIII Physical and mental health

chapter 39|12 pages

Health in youth: changing times and changing influences

ByPatrick West

chapter 40|7 pages

Sexualities and gender- based research in youth studies

ByDeevia Bhana

chapter 41|10 pages

The social context of youth mental health

ByEvelina Landstedt, Julia Coffey

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PART IX Identities, values and beliefs

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PART X Crime and deviance

chapter 48|10 pages

Young people and desistance

ByBriege Nugent, Fergus McNeill

chapter 49|6 pages

Young people and anti- social behaviour

ByAlan France

chapter 50|8 pages

Youth in a world of gangs

ByJohn M. Hagedorn

chapter 51|11 pages

Young people, crime and justice

ByRob White

chapter 52|9 pages

Experiencing youth justice and penality

BySiobhán McAlister, Nicola Carr