Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
432 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
January 2014
Print ISBN: 9781551305431
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In this essential third edition, Vappu Tyyskä examines the challenges faced by today’s young people through a critical lens. Difficult questions related to such issues as employment, education, social pressure, identity, and crime are explored by Tyyskä as she paints a fascinating picture of modern youth in three countries: Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The author explores the negative stereotypes surrounding young people, and argues that it is time to contextualize our understanding of youth by addressing the underlying social, economic, and political issues they face.
Each of the ten revised chapters begins with a list of key learning objectives and ends with discussion questions to aid in the learning process and stimulate critical thinking. This new edition incorporates updated statistics, comprehensive tables, and revised narratives in which the author explores topics pertinent to today’s youth such as the influence of social media, eating disorders, and recent changes to the juvenile justice system.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Concepts and Theories
Chapter 2: A History of Childhood and Youth
Chapter 3: Families and Socialization
Chapter 4: Education
Chapter 5: Work
Chapter 6: Sexuality and Intimacy
Chapter 7: Peers, Identity, Politics, and Youth Culture
Chapter 8: Crime and Moral Regulation
Chapter 9: Health
Chapter 10: Conclusions


Vappu Tyyskä

Vappu Tyyskä is Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University where she is also affiliated with and teaches in the M.A. Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies and the Ph.D. Program in Policy Studies. Her major areas of research include immigrant families, youth, gender, and family relations.

Youth and Society, 2nd Edition, Youth and Society, 3rd Edition


"Vappu Tyyskä continues to provide an indispensable introduction to the sociology of youth with the third edition of her book, Youth and Society. This edition adds topical material covering recent events and trends like the Occupy movement, social media, cyberbullying, neoliberalism, and Islamophobia, while still providing comprehensive coverage of the important landmark theories and research in this burgeoning field.
—  James Côté, University of Western Ontario

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  • a test bank containing multiple choice questions, true or false questions, short answer questions, and discussion questions for each chapter, and
  • an Instructor's Manual containing suggested in-class activities, take-home assignments, online resources, and suggested films.

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