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During the course of the last quarter of the 20th century, we witnessed a dramatic reversal in the fortunes of young people. From being a key beneficiary of the post-war political commitment to inclusion and concession, youth became reconstituted as a much more costly "state" to be in. This text takes as its basic premise the idea that age is a key site of division and explores the key elements of the process by which young people are integrated into society. Both detailed and wide-ranging in its analysis, it provides an accessible introduction to the major issues involved in the study of youth.
PHIL MIZEN teaches sociology and social policy in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick. His teaching and research interests include the sociology of youth, work and the state, and child labour. His publications include Young People, Training and the State (1985) and Hidden Hands (edited with C. Pole and A. Bolton, 2001).