New book: Youth & Society, 4th edn

When I was an undergrad, I remember reading the second edition of Youth and Society for a course I was doing. When I started lecturing at UTAS, I set the third edition for my own students to read. Last year, veritable powerhouses of youth studies Johanna Wyn and Rob White invited me to add some fresh yarns to the fourth edition. Nek minnit, here it is! The cover reminds me of that song ‘I whip my hair back and forth’, too, so wins all ’round.,-nursing-and-social-work/9780190305185-youth-and-society


The fourth edition of Youth and Society remains the most comprehensive and accessible textbook on the sociology of youth. Led by an expert author team, the text takes a holistic approach to the concept of youth, providing an engaging and authoritative overview of the key debates, research and theories of youth and society in Australia. Each chapter has been revised to reflect the issues confronting youth, youth researchers and policy-makers today.

New to this edition:

  • New co-author Brady Robards brings an expertise in the sociology of youth, and sociological and cultural analyses of digital society, particularly in the of role digital social media in mediating the social and cultural lives of their users.
  • New chapters: ‘Chemical Cultures’ and ‘Young People and Politics’.



Part 1: Theorising Youth
1: Young People and Social Change
2: Ways of Knowing
Part 2: Social Divisions
3: Gender and Sexuality
4: Class, Inequality and Community Resources
5: Indigenous Youth and Indigeneity
6: Place and Mobilities
Part 3: Social Institutions
7: Family and Belonging
8: Schooling Youth
9: Work in Precarious Economies
10: Juvenile Justice, Violence and Crime
11: Youth Policy and Active Citizenship
Part 4: Social Identities
12: Youth Identities and Cultures
13: Networked Youth and Social Media
14: Chemical Cultures
15: Wellbeing and Risk
16: Constructing a Public Presence
17: Complex Lives