Youth: Global Perspectives, Challenges and Issues of the 21st Century


Dave Trotman and Stan Tucker
Education and Multi-Professional Practice Subject Area, Newman University, Birmingham, UK

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC047000

What issues, challenges and problems do young people face in 21st century society? How do they make sense of their lifeworlds? Are they proactive or reactive when it comes to dealing with the multiple pressures they face? This book brings together a variety of real life accounts, many of which were assembled from empirical research, that provide an important lens through which to view what it means to be a young person in today’s world. One of the main purposes of the book is to challenge dominant and ‘taken for granted’ assumptions about the young. You will find discussions of the ways in which young people’s lives are consistently problematised; how some are denied basic human rights; the way that education systems consistently fail them; and how for some the threat or experience of violence and aggression can come to dominate their lives.

This book has been written from a global perspective – it brings together contributors who share an academic interest and professional concern to improve outcomes for young people. Space is given to understanding the importance of developing a human rights framework that will foster young people’s potential. We foreground the importance of listening to young people because they have important things to say. The reader will be invited to reflect on: what can happen when young people become politically motivated; the challenges associated with ‘super complexity’, education and globalisation; the ways in which some young people are exposed to high levels of vulnerability and risk; and how information technology is utilised to secure peer and professional support.
This book draws on a range of social science disciplines – psychology, sociology, political science, education studies and social policy. It will be of interest to academics, students and those with the responsibility of developing and delivering services for young people. The contributors hope it will add knowledge, understanding and awareness of the issues, problems and challenges young people face in 21st century society.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Children’s Rights: Ambiguities and Challenges (pp. 1-16)
(Jeremy Roche)

Chapter 2. Performance Capital and the Betrayal of Youth: Education in Times of Super Complexity (pp. 17-46)
(Dave Trotman and Stan Tucker)

Chapter 3. Vulnerability and Risk: Complexity, Meanings and Challenges (pp. 47-72)
(Stan Tucker and Dave Trotman)

Chapter 4. Secondary Education in Trinidad and Tobago: Impacts on the Social and Economic Well-Being of Youth (pp. 73-94)
(Jeniffer Mohammed)

Chapter 5. An Anatomy of the Post-Materialistic Values
of Hong Kong Youth: Opposition to China’s Rising ‘Sharp Power’ (pp. 95-126)
(Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo and Jeff Hai-Chi Loo)

Chapter 6. Online Counselling Forums to Support Young People with Mental Health and Emotional Needs (pp. 127-150)
(Julie Prescott, Terry Hanley and Katalin Ujhelyi)

Chapter 7. Addressing the Problems of Bullying in Schools in the United Arab Emirates (pp. 151-178)
(Ken Rigby, Dalia Haroun and Essam Ali)

Chapter 8. Homophobic and Sexual Minority Bullying: Research, Education and the Future (pp. 179-196)
(James O’Higgins Norman and Mairéad Foody)

Chapter 9. Social Media and Its Impact on Adolescent Development: Challenges and Issues (pp. 197-224)
(Daniel Borg and Shaheen Mohamed)

Chapter 10. Human Rights and Human Wrongs: Responses to the Challenges and Issues for Young People in the 21st Century (pp. 225-240)
(Dave Trotman and Stan Tucker)

About the Authors (pp. 241-246)

Index (pp. 247)

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