'Youth' has emerged as a critical focus for debate within developing nations; yet, youth issues have often only been seen in terms of economic and social policy, and young people themselves marginalized by widespread negative public attitudes.
This compelling and insightful book shows the way policy and international agreement has failed to prioritize youth, instead leading to young people falling through the cracks of government and NGO programmes.
In this collection of essays, an alternative perspective on development issues is given, offering a more humanistic approach to this important, and growing, issue. Excellently researched and sensitively considered, the authors bring to light young people's impact, not just on developing economies, but on culture, society and politics.
A timely book, this is an important addition to the study of development programmes and a shrewd analysis of their unseen impact.
Gareth Jones is Senior Lecturer At London School of Economics and Political Science and a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas. His research has focussed mainly on Mexico, Brazil, Ghana and South Africa, with interests in urban policy, poverty and livelihoods, and the politics of cities. His research on youth and development has centred on issues of 'street children' and youth, including a concern with identity, violence, juvenile justice, and access to space and livelihood. He is the joint editor of Youth Violence in Latin America: Gangs and Juvenile Justice in Perspective (Palgrave, 2009) and is presently preparing a book manuscript with Sarah Thomas de Benitez from a three year project on the identities of street involved youth in Mexico.
Preface 1. Bringing Youth into Development 2. Youth and Employment 3. Youth, Mobility and Linkage 4. Youth, Media and Consumption 5. Youth and Sexuality 6. Youth, Crime and Gangs 7. Working with Youth and Policy