Research Handbook on the Sociology of Youth

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Research Handbook on the Sociology of Youth

9781803921792 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Judith Bessant, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Philippa Collin, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Patrick O’Keeffe, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Australia
Publication Date: May 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 179 2 Extent: c 496 pp
In this groundbreaking Research Handbook on the Sociology of Youth, researchers from the Global North and South examine the social, political, cultural and ecological processes that inform what it means to be young. It explores the diversity of youth experiences and ways young people live their lives, responding to and actively working to overcome inequality, adversity and planetary crises.

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In this groundbreaking Research Handbook on the Sociology of Youth, researchers from around the world examine the social, political, cultural and ecological processes that shape young people’s lives and how young people in turn shape the world. Contributors from the Global North and South challenge traditional frameworks as they document the diversity of ways young people now live. The Handbook highlights the active and creative responses of young people as they help shape the world and how they work to overcome inequality, adversity and crisis and aspire to flourishing societies and a healthy planetary future.

This innovative Research Handbook offers reflective, critical and accessible analyses of contemporary youth sociology as well as insights into how policy-makers and professionals can apply these research findings to their practice. The Handbook highlights the diversity of theoretical, methodological and conceptual approaches now available reflecting how the field has become increasingly dynamic and ontologically open. The Handbook includes commentaries by young people from across the world and demonstrates how young people are already involved in and are attempting to address the significant issues of our time like climate justice, racism, socio-economic inequalities, forced migration, LGBTQI+ identities, disability, mental health, and violence.

In presenting this breadth of new work on the sociology of youth, this groundbreaking Research Handbook offers a major new resource for researchers, teachers, policy-makers, practitioners and students alike.
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‘The Research Handbook on the Sociology of Youth is an ambitious volume, combining twenty-seven chapters by fifty authors from across the globe, alongside commentaries from young people themselves. With questions of politics, representation, injustice and exclusion to the fore, it is an expansive and engaging examination of youth sociology today, enriched by extensive research and critique from the Global South.’
– Robert MacDonald, Co-Editor in Chief, Journal of Youth Studies and Aalborg University, Denmark

‘This is an innovative and ambitious Research Handbook on the Sociology of Youth by three leading scholars in the field: Judith Bessant, Philippa Collin and Patrick O’Keeffe. In this Handbook students and researchers interested in youth research will find incisive and deeply researched topics from youth politics and activism, epistemology and ethics, to gender, Indigenous, and digital research. Refreshingly, the editors carefully curated a Handbook that highlights important research from both the Global South and North. This is an important resource for anyone interested in the lives of young people around the world.’
– Hernan Cuervo, University of Melbourne, Australia

‘This excellent Research Handbook on the Sociology of Youth edited by Bessant, Collin and O''Keeffe provides a detailed and thorough picture of the extant frontiers for research on youth in relation to a variety of major critical aspects for making sense of the future of our societies. The Handbook provides an up to date and authoritative account allowing us to fully understand where the key open questions lie for scholars today.’
– Maria Grasso, Queen Mary University of London, UK

‘This Handbook sets the agenda for the “reset” of thinking about youth research sought by researchers, practitioners and by young people. Tackling equity and justice, politics and the political, health and wellbeing, contributors disrupt research convention and critique how conventional research practices make meaning and generate knowledge about young people.’
– Johanna Wyn, The University of Melbourne, Australia

‘This is an important Research Handbook for all of those interested in the experiences of young people. One of its main strengths is its focus on diversity. It brings together contributions from: different parts of the world; different disciplines; different organisations – community groups and NGOs, not just universities; and young people themselves, as well as researchers.’
– Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey, UK
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