Bringing together essays, research studies and other material written over the past two decades, this book traces through them a history of political and intellectual debates on the left and in cultural studies, around central issues of education, labour and the youth question. An argument is made for linking the cultural, structural and autobiographical dimensions of the youth question in order to engage educationally with the burden of representation which young people are made to carry via race, class and sexuality in the postmodern world. The book includes three major unpublished pieces and an introduction which discusses the nature of the collection, and sets it in both a personal and political context.
PHIL COHEN is Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of London, where he currently directs the New Ethnicities Unit. He was editor, with Angela McRobbie, of the Macmillan 'Youth Questions' series. His latest book is Not Just the Same Old Stories - Essays and Interventions in Racism's Other Scenes.