"Woodman and Wyn have produced a text that offers conceptual clarity and real depth on debates in youth studies. The authors skilfully guide us through the main sociological theories on young people and furnish us with sophisticated critiques from which to rethink youth and generation in the contemporary moment."
- Professor Anoop Nayak, Newcastle University
The promise of youth studies is not in simply showing that class, gender and race continue to influence life chances, but to show how they shape young lives today. Dan Woodman and Johanna Wyn argue that understanding new forms of inequality in a context of increasing social change is a central challenge for youth researchers.
Youth and Generation sets an agenda for youth studies building on the concepts of `social generation' and `individualisation' to suggest a framework for thinking about change and inequality in young lives in the emerging Asian Century.
Dr Dan Woodman is TR Ashworth Senior Lecturer and Head of Discipline for Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Professor Johanna Wyn is Director of the Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
Chapter 1: Continuity and Change Individualisation Generation New Life Patterns Structure of the Book Chapter 2: Global Change and Inequality Education, Urbanisation and Employment Inequality Australia in a Changing World The Failure of the Neoliberal Promise Theory in Youth Studies Chapter 3: Individualisation Understanding Changing Patterns Bringing Zombie Categories Back to Life The Creation of the Choice Biography Holding Lives Together Researching the Making of Inequality in New Times Chapter 4: Generations The Emergence and Marginalisation of the Sociology of Generations What is a Generation? Intergenerational Relationships When does a Generation Emerge? Chapter 5: Transitions Youth Transitions and Development Transition Regimes and the Making of a Generations Research and Reflexivity Chapter 6: Cultures Concepts of Subculture Post-subcultures Continuity and Change in Cultures Research Generational Change, Cultures and Divisions Blurring Boundaries Chapter 7: Time Social Change and Synchronisation Sociality and the Digital Revolution Time, Youth Cultures and Inequality The Present, Past and Future Chapter 8: Place The Invisibility of Place Theorising Young People and Place Mobilities, Cultures and Place Making Place Visible Place and Global Generations Young People Making a Place for Themselves Chapter 9: Conclusion Generations, Transitions, Cultures Time, Place and the Future