The Theoretical Landscape of Youth Studies

  • Thomas Johansson
  • Marcus Herz
Part of the Young People and Learning Processes in School and Everyday Life book series (YPLP, volume 1)


This chapter briefly presents and discuss three influential traditions in youth studies. We begin by discussing key concepts, such as youth, teenager, adolescence, and emerging adulthood. The chapter also addresses the status of the field of youth studies and its relationship to child and youth studies. Thereafter, three sections will present overviews of some of the most important works within the three chosen theoretical traditions: youth culture research, youth transitions, and modernity theory. This chapter will set out the intellectual context of the book, creating a point of departure for the work that will done be to add some new impetus to the conceptual development of youth studies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Johansson
    • 1
  • Marcus Herz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Education, Communication and LearningUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden

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