© 2015

Handbook of Children and Youth Studies

  • Johanna Wyn
  • Helen Cahill


  • Discusses the scientific debates on the boundaries between childhood, youth and adulthood

  • Recognizes the changing social context of the lives of children and young people

  • Takes a themed approach in discussing the international perspectives and different conceptual approaches

Reference work

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Thinking About Children and Youth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Johanna Wyn
      Pages 3-20
    3. Nancy Lesko, Mary Ann Chacko, Shenila S. Khoja-Moolji
      Pages 35-48
  3. Well-Being

  4. Bodies

About this book


This handbook gives a new scientific perspective to youth and childhood studies as multi scientific and interdisciplinary subjects which as such have not yet found their own framing in a particular discipline. It provides theoretical and methodological key debates and issues that develop and add an understanding of childhood and youth research discipline from a broader perspective. The Handbook on Children and Youth Studies draws on current thinking, but also challenges theoretical and conceptual orthodoxies in the field, drawing on interdisciplinary thinking and critical perspectives. It focuses on childhood and youth to address the emerging consensus that the boundaries between childhood, youth and adulthood are blurred. The view that defining youth and childhood largely in terms of problem topics is out dated. Instead, the handbook focuses on 13 themes that are open to international perspectives and to different conceptual approaches. Each theme is edited by a pair of field editors, thereby capturing a plurality of views. The 13 themes as a starting point are globally timely and they need scientific debates on the boundaries between childhoods, youth and adulthood. This handbook will meet the needs of childhood and youth researchers and the academics in the field. It recognizes the changing social context of the lives of children and young people, while developing theoretical frameworks and discussing about the core substantive issues of Children and Youth Studies.


Childhood, youth and young adulthood Digital communications and youth Juvenile justice Sexualities Gender and youth Social Justice and children Youth activism Youth development citizenship and youth identity and youth learning and youth place and youth structural disadvantage and youth well-being and youth youth and spirituality youth labour

Editors and affiliations

  • Johanna Wyn
    • 1
  • Helen Cahill
    • 2
  1. 1.Youth Research CentreThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Youth Research CentreThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

About the editors

Professor Johanna Wyn is director of the Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne, in Australia. She specializes in longitudinal research on young people, documenting their transitions across the dimensions of education, work, well-being, relationships and family life. Prof. Wyn’s research is policy-focused and she is interested in developing new research and policy approaches to chronic patterns of disadvantage amongst youth. Her other areas of interest include gender, social policy and identity.

Associate Professor Helen Cahill is the deputy director of the Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne, in Australia. She teaches in the Master of Education and the Master of Teaching programs, coordinating subjects which address youth well-being. Associate Prof. Cahill specializes in the use of participatory methods in research, education and community development projects and has a special interest in the use of drama as a tool in participatory research and transformative education and in projects which position young people as active agents.

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