By Elisabetta Ruspini, Carmen Leccardi
"A New Youth?" presents a cross-cultural point of view at the demanding situations and difficulties posed by means of younger people's transition to maturity. The authors tackle questions similar to: What are the reports of being younger in numerous eu nations? What do we know about the diversities of being younger in non-European nations? Are youth constructing new attitudes in the direction of society? What are the dangers linked to the transition of teenybopper to maturity? will we establish new attitudes approximately citizenship? And on a extra basic point, are there reports and new social meanings linked to early life? the quantity is comparative among a variety of eu and non-European international locations with the intention to determine the rising versions of transition. those features are hooked up with broader social, political and cultural adjustments: alterations on the topic of prolonged schooling, expanding women's participation within the labour marketplace, altering welfare regimes, in addition to alterations in political regimes and within the illustration and development of person identities and biographies, in the direction of an expanding individualization. The paintings deals serious reflections within the realm of sociology of minor via offering broader understandings of the time period 'youth'. The targeted research of latest different types of marginality and social exclusion between youth deals useful perception for coverage improvement and political debate.
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