Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781447315766 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447315759 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Understanding Youth in the Global Economic Crisis

Alan France

Understanding Youth in the Global Economic Crisis

Alan France

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781447315766 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447315759 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
In this innovative book, Alan France looks not at the economic impact of the global economic crisis and great recession of the past decade, but at the effect these forces have had on our very understanding of youth through its associated institutions. Using eight countries as case studies, he undertakes an in-depth sociological analysis of historical and contemporary developments in secondary education, training, work, and welfare policy to show how the ecological landscape of youth has been affected. Mapping the growing influence of neoliberalism as a political strategy in each of the countries, he shows how, after the crisis, the reconfiguration of institutions and practices that are central to the lives of the young is accelerating, bringing new meaning to youth, age, transition, diversity, risk, and inclusion.
Contents
About the author
Acknowledgments
Introduction 

1. A political ecology of youth
2. The global crisis and the ‘age of austerity’
3. Education and training: the broken promise
4. Education and training: from public to private responsibility
5. Unemployment and work: precarious futures
6. NEETs and the disengaged: the ‘new’ youth problem
7. Divergence and difference: contrasting cross-national experiences of being young
8. Education, work and welfare in diverse settings
9. Youth and mobility: inequity, leaving home and the questions of youth migration
10. After the crisis: social change and what it means to be young

References
Index
Review Quotes
Craig Berry, deputy director of Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) | SPERI Comment
"One of the strengths of the book—and the key to its undoubted value to non-academic readers—is France's mastery of both the detail of social policy, and how policy interacts with lives actually lived by today's young people."
Rob MacDonald, Teeside University
“With a rare, global perspective, this is a timely, valuable, and important book that maps the social and economic fortunes and likely futures of young people after ‘the Great Recession.’”
Andy Furlong, University of Glasgow
“An extremely timely analysis of the conditions faced by young people in the period following the Great Recession. With a strong theoretical foundation and an excellent empirical coverage of eight countries within the Global North, France explores the everyday worlds inhabited by young people, at the same time reminding us of the persistence of old inequalities and of the ineffectiveness of core policies.”
Johanna Wyn, director of the Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne
“This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what the global financial crisis means for young people—it has astounding depth and breadth and sets new agendas in the field of youth studies.”
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