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Critical Youth Studies: A Canadian Focus Paperback – Oct. 12 2005

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In their previous examination of the Sociology of Adolescence in a book titled, Generation On Hold (1994), the authors observed the increasingly prolonged transitional period between the dependency of childhood and the independence of adulthood caused by diminished workplace opportunities.


Critical Youth Studies now expands upon that topic using clear evidence of this trend and its troubling consequences. Not only in Canada, but also in virtually every advanced industrialized country in the world, the full cohort transition now spans the ages of 15 to 30. Young people constitute a disadvantaged group in need of special academic and policy attention, whether they go on to higher education or complete high school or less.

What lies behind the growing inequalities among age cohorts? Should it be taken for granted as the “new normal”? This book presents a focused argument that challenges complacency and provides a model for critical thinking on these issues.


Critical Youth Studies is intended both to help young people recognize their common interests and to prompt adults to live up to their intergenerational obligations. Our aim is to provide the knowledge base and perspective for all Canadians to better understand the changing life chances of the young and their altered relations with older age groups.”

                                                                                               from the Introduction.



James E. Côté and Anton L. Allahar teach in the Dept. of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario



Other titles of interest:

Adolescence: Development, Diversity, Context and Application, Canadian edition, by Lerner, Brown, and Kier, ©2005


About the Author

Dr. James E. Côté


James Côté received his Ph.D. from York University in 1984, after completing an M.A. at the University of Western Ontario, and an Honours B.A. at Trent. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Sociology at Western. He is the founding editor of Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research and Past-President of the Society for Research on Identity Formation (SRIF). Dr. Côté is also on the Executive Board of RC34 (Sociology of Youth) of the International Sociological Association, and Editor of the International Bulletin of Youth Research. He has authored or co-authored five books in Youth Studies and Identity Studies, including Adolescent Storm and Stress (Erlbaum, 1994), Generation on Hold (Stoddart, 1994; New York University Press, 1996), Arrested Adulthood: The Changing Nature of Identity and Maturity in the Late-Modern World (New York University Press, 2000) and Identity Formation, Agency, and Culture: A Social Psychological Synthesis (Erlbaum, 2002). He has also published several dozen journal articles and book chapters, and made numerous conference presentations around the world in these fields.


Dr. Anton L. Allahar


Anton Allahar completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political & Economic Sociology at the University of Toronto and is currently a Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Allahar’s principal areas of interest are economic development, the politics of globalization & democracy, and ethnic and racial relations, as these apply to the Caribbean and Central America. His books include: The Sugar Planters of Colonial Cuba (Two-Thirds Editions, 1982); Class, Politics and Sugar in Colonial Cuba (Mellen, 1990); Is there Life after Debt? The Latin American Debt Crisis (IOHE, 1993); Sociology and the Periphery: Theories and Issues (Garamond, 1995); Generation on Hold: Coming of Age in the Late 20th Century (Stoddart, 1994; New York University Press, 1996); Richer and Poorer: The Structure of Inequality in Canada (Lorimer, 1998, with James Côté). He has also edited Caribbean Charisma (Ian Randle Publishers, 2001) and Ethnicity, Class and Nationalism: Caribbean and Extra-Caribbean Dimensions (Lexington Books, 2005), along with two Special Issues of Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research: (i) Diasporas and Transnational Identities (2001), and (ii) Diasporic Identity: Myth Culture and the Politics of Home (2002). In addition, he has written over 60 refereed articles and book chapters on related themes and has won three major teaching awards at Western.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pearson Canada; 1st edition (Oct. 12 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0131275909
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0131275904
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 295 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 17.91 x 1.4 x 23.62 cm
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