Youth as/in Crisis

Young People, Public Policy, and the Politics of Learning

  • Sara Carpenter
  • Shahrzad Mojab

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Sara Carpenter, Shahrzad Mojab
    Pages 1-9
  3. Theorizing Young People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Genevieve Ritchie
      Pages 13-26
  4. Youth, Public Policy, and Programs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Kiran Mirchandani, Meaghan Brugha
      Pages 47-64
    3. Stephanie Mackinnon
      Pages 65-79
    4. André P. Grace
      Pages 95-106
  5. Youth and the Politics of Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Trevor Corkum
      Pages 109-125
    3. Tanya Aberman, Philip Ackerman
      Pages 127-144
    4. Chloe Shantz-Hilkes
      Pages 165-180
    5. Scott Zoltok
      Pages 181-195
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-204

About this book


Internationally, there is a growing argument amongst policy makers and academics that broadening spectrums of young adults are ‘at-risk’ of various types of material, social, physical, and cultural insecurity. In this way, the traditional identification of transitions from youth to adulthood, marked by points of permanence such as stable employment, are beginning to fray. Through various academic, popular, and policy literatures, young people today are imagined as being both ‘threatened’ by social inequality as well as a ‘threat’ against which our notions of security and social cohesion are constructed. This edited collection includes empirical and theoretical work concerning the relationships between youth/young adults, public policy, and educational research, with its primary focus being new forms of public policy in Canada that, we argue, are emblematic of international policy instruments examining the policy and economic participation of young people. Examining key sites of youth participation, including post-secondary institutions, community-based programs, and work/employment programs, the included case studies examine how young people navigate and learn from everyday experiences of marginalization and violence while at the same time illuminating how these experiences are organized and reproduced through the very institutions that are meant to shape young people’s engagement in society.


youth studies adult education learning public policy social crisis

Editors and affiliations

  • Sara Carpenter
    • 1
  • Shahrzad Mojab
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AlbertaCanada
  2. 2.University of TorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6351-098-1
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