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Editors: Robertson, Margaret (University of Tasmania); Williams, Michael (University of Wales Swansea)
Book Description:
Young People, Leisure and Place reports on cross-cultural research into the personal geographies of young people. It explores young people’s leisure and recreational pursuits, including favourite places, and.offers a tentative theory of adolescent thinking and development. The major themes explored are the impact of globalisation on young people, their reference systems and their use of private and public spaces. Evidence is presented of global, national and local dimensions of growing up in different countries in a post-modern world. The book contributes to a better understanding of issues of contemporary citizenship in a globalised world where the commodification of knowledge blurs boundaries and values. Effective citizenship in a world of time-space compression and instant access to diverse sources of information is problematic. This book provides a fascinating insight into the discerning values of young people. As they reveal their hopes and dreams within the knowledge society, the young people involved in this cross-cultural enquiry also highlight their conservatism and the traditional core values associated with their homes and families.
The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 provides an overview of current research into related issues of youth, identity, and place with a particular focus on informal learning and leisure activities. It offers a framework for the case studies in Part 2 that have been drawn from Australia, Hong Kong, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. The case studies employ similar research instruments with small samples of young people. In Part 3 a number of perspectives contribute to contextualising further the case studies.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements; Chapter 1. Introduction (Margaret Robertson, University of Tasmania and Michael Williams, University of Wales Swansea); Part A: The World of Young People; Chapter 2. Born in 1990 (Margaret Robertson, University of Tasmania); Chapter 3. Self, ‘Home’ and Growing-up (Margaret Robertson, University of Tasmania); Chapter 4. The Local Community: Is it Important Anymore? (Margaret Robertson, University of Tasmania); Part B: Case Studies; Chapter 5. Introduction (Margaret Robertson, University of Tasmania); Chapter 6. A British Perspective on Youth Culture and Education (Michael Williams, University of Wales Swansea); Chapter 7. School, Place and Life Chances. What Makes the ‘Difference’? (Margaret Robertson et al., University of Tasmania); Chapter 8. Urban Boys’ Perceptions and Experiences of Private and Public Space (Mark Aspel and Ashley Kent, University of London Institute of Education); Chapter 9. Ethnicity, School, Identity – a Study in Intercultural Learning (Margaret Robertson, University of Tasmania); Chapter 10. Young People in Finland Today (Taina Kaivola and Hannele Rikkinen, University of Helsinki, Finland); Chapter 11. Recreation, Free-time Activities and Space Related Experiences of Finnish Young People (Hannele Rikkinen & Taina Kaivola, University of Helsinki, Finland); Chapter 12. Growing Up in the Age of Popular Culture: The Role of Media Education in Shaping Civic Identity (Chi Kim Cheung, University of Hong Kong); Chapter 13. Youth, Home and Leisure Study: A Hong Kong Perspective (John Chi-kin Lee, Chinese University of Hong Kong); Chapter 14. Aussie Kids: Still Sun-bronzed, Outdoors and Carefree? (Rod Gerber, University of New England); Chapter 15. Place and Identity: Evidence from Tasmanian Schools (Margaret Robertson and Joan Abbott-Chapman, University of Tasmania); Part C: The Forum; Chapter 16. Choosing to Stay Connected: Youth, Leisure and Risk - in Socio-spatial Contexts (Joan Abbott-Chapman, University of Tasmania); Chapter 17. Through the Eyes of Namibian Teenagers (Ursula van Harmelen, University in South Africa); Chapter 18. Leisure, School and Human Excellence: Thailand Case Study (Margaret Taplin, University of Tasmania); Chapter 19. National Identity: Political Socialisation and Youth (Michael Williams, University of Wales Swansea); Final Comments (Margaret Robertson, University of Tasmania); Index.

   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2004
   ISBN: 978-1-59454-029-5
   Status: AV
  
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