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Youth and Society

Exploring the Social Dynamics of Youth Experience, Canadian Edition

Rob White, Johanna Wyn and Patrizia Albanese

Now in a Canadian edition, Youth and Society: Exploring the Social Dynamics of Youth Experience provides a comprehensive overview of key topics in the sociology of youth. Drawing on empirical evidence and current theoretical perspectives, the text examines cutting-edge issues confronting youth, youth researchers, and policy makers today such as youth and social change; class inequality; gender and sexuality; education; youth employment; social identity; youth and technology; and health and well-being. Seamlessly integrating Canadian data and examples throughout with fully redesigned chapters that address topics such as Aboriginal youth and youth justice, the text offers a Canadian context while maintaining a global perspective. Current and in-depth, the Canadian edition is a compelling exploration of the role of young people in contemporary society and how they adapt to the many challenges related to growing inequality and rapid social change.

Readership : Youth and Society is a core text for sociology of youth courses, generally taught in second or third year out of sociology departments at Canadian universities and colleges.


  • "This is a solid text. It is well written and well researched. It is very interesting and provides a comprehensive overview of the research literature on youth in Canada. I do not believe there is another text like it in the Canadian market."

    --Tracy Peressini, University of Waterloo

  • "Youth and Society goes beyond a superficial description of topics to provide a thorough, compelling and theoretically informed discussion of the underlying issues. It situates the experiences of youth within the larger social, political and economic context."

    --Alison Dunwoody, University of Alberta

List of Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
Part I: Theorizing Youth
1. Youth and Social Change
Learning Objectives
Social Change
Individualization and the Risk Society
Social Generation
Subjectivities, Identities, and Social Change
2. Class Inequality and Community Resources
Learning Objectives
Class and Youth
Young People in the Middle
The Stability of Inequality
Social Exclusion and Marginal Communities
Perspectives on Social Exclusion
Dynamics of Exclusion
Class Experiences and Young Lives
Part II: Social Divisions
3. Gender, Sexualities, and Social Difference
Learning Objectives
Sites of Gendered Practices
Gender and Education: What about the Boys?
Sexualities, Power, and Difference
4. Peoples, Places, and Ethnic Identities
Learning Objectives
Outsiders, Insiders
Constructing the Ethnic Other
Zero Tolerance and Social Identity
Embodying Ethnic Difference
Multiple Identities
5. Aboriginal Youth and Social Identity
Learning Objectives
Constructing the Indigenous Other
The Indian Act
Dynamics of Indigenous Identity
Beyond Youth at Risk: A Maori Example
6. Rural Geographies
Learning Objectives
Understanding the Meaning and Changing Nature of Rural, Northern, and Remote
Patterns of Diversity, Change, and Disadvantage
Young People in Rural Communities
Young People's Points of View
Youth First
Part III: Social Institutions
7. Youth Policy
Learning Objectives
What Is Youth Policy?
Canada's Jurisdictional Complexities and Tangled Hierarchies
International Trends in National Youth Policies
Beyond the State
Futurity versus Youth Participation
Policy as Process
Young People and Citizenship
The Effects of Policy on Young People
Out-of-Step Policies
Youth Policy and Intersectoral Collaboration
8. Relating and Belonging
Learning Objectives
Families, Social Change, and Diversity
Young People and Family
Youth, Family, and Discourses of Blame
Risk and Social Division
9. Schooling Youth
Learning Objectives
Education in a Post-Industrial Society
Workplace Restructuring
Young People's Experiences
Transitions and Educational Ideals
10. Doing Bad: Juvenile Justice
Learning Objectives
Creating the Young Offender
Offender Profiles
Social Factors in Offending
Policing Youth
Community Contexts and Restorative Justice
Part IV: Social Identities
11. Working the Multiple Economies
Learning Objectives
The Nature of Work
Production Processes and Precarious Employment
Youth Employment Trends
Young People's Responses
Work Opportunities and Economic Activity
Youth Wages and the Teenage Labour Market
12. Youth Identities and Culture
Learning Objectives
Young People, Society, and Identity
New Identities
Social Practices and Social Identity
Subcultures and Social identity
13. Youth in a Digital Age
Learning Objectives
Digital Communication and Social Identities
Producing Identities
Citizenship and Cyberspace
Cultural Formation
Cultural Citizenship
Digital Divides
New and Old Forms of Political Engagement
Harmful Use of Digital Technologies
14. Defining Well-being and Health
Learning Objectives
Health, Well-being, and the Risk Society
Managing Choice
The Risk Society, Individualism, and Health
Young People's (Ill) Health and Well-being
Areas of Concern
Achieving a Balance
Discourses on Youth Health
Economic Assumptions
Health and Morality
Health as an Individual Property
Risk and Protective Factors
15. Constructing a Public Presence
Learning Objectives
Youth Spaces in the Public Domain
Youth-Specific Amenities
Youth-Friendly Amenities
Cultural Space and Social Transgression
Street Kids
Youth Street Groups and Cultures
Young Women and Public Space
Public Spaces, Security, and Safety
Divergent Uses of the Street
Contesting Public Spaces

Test Bank:
25-30 multiple choice questions per chapter
25-30 true and false questions per chapter
8-10 short answer questions per chapter
3-5 essay questions per chapter
PowerPoint slides:
25 slides per chapter

Rob White is professor of sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Work, University of Tasmania.

Johanna Wyn is professor and director of the Youth Research Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne.

Patrizia Albanese is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and co-director of the Centre for Children, Youth, and Families at Ryerson University. She is the author of Children in Canada Today (OUP Canada, 2009) and Child Poverty in Canada (OUP Canada, 2009), and a co-editor with Lorne Tepperman of Sociology: A Canadian Perspective 2/e (OUP Canada, 2009).

Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Children in Canada Today - Patrizia Albanese
Approaching Youth Studies - Kate Tilleczek
Teenage Troubles - Julian Tanner
Child Poverty in Canada - Patrizia Albanese
Children and Society - Gerald Handel, Spencer Cahill and Frederick Elkin

Special Features

  • Comprehensive. A unique blend of theory, research, and application offers students a thorough analysis in the study of youth and society.
  • Authoritative. Adapted by Patrizia Albanese, a leading expert in the study of contemporary youth in Canada.
  • Canadian content, global perspective. Canadian examples, such as the proposed all-boys school in Toronto and the curfew for Manitoba youth, along with international references and statistics throughout situate the experiences of young people in Canada and around the world.
  • Current. The latest empirical research and theoretical perspectives offer students an up-to-date treatment of cutting-edge issues.
  • Emphasis on social change. Examines the challenges today's youth face from issues such as shrinking social welfare provisions; accelerated globalization; rapid technological change; declining employment opportunities; and increased monitoring, surveillance, and social control.
  • Promotes critical thinking. Demystifies and challenges traditional thinking and approaches within the study of youth, encouraging students to reflect on and discuss key issues affecting young people every day.
  • Practical case studies. Compelling case studies, real-life stories, and thought-provoking questions give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned.
  • Student-friendly pedagogy. Pedagogical features - including learning objectives; chapter introductions; thematic boxes; marginal notes; key terms bolded at first use; chapter summaries; questions for further exploration; recommended films, readings, and websites; and an end-of-text glossary - boost student understand and promote active learning.