Ageism in Youth Studies–affordable paperback available for fall

Ageism in Youth Studies: Generation Maligned
Gayle Kimball, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Affordable paperback available for Fall.
 
Chapter One…………………………………………………………………….. 1
 
Ageist Scholars Ignore Youth
 
 
Chapter Two…………………………………………………………………. 42
 
Generation Maligned
 
 
Chapter Three………………………………………………………………… 93
 
The Narcissism Debate
 
 
Chapter Four………………………………………………………………… 137
 
Anxious and Stressed
 
 
Appendicies on survey results, films, Internet resources, large global surveys of youth, academic research, and bibliography.
 
While researching Generations Y and Z for the past decade for a book series about global youth activism and viewpoints, I discovered a split between scholarly viewpoints about Gen Me vs. Gen We. Some researchers fault youth for being narcissists and others praise them for being altruistic. I was surprised that many scholars who write about youth don’t actually talk to them or include their voices when young people face difficult economic challenges globally, with high youth unemployment rates and increasing tuition costs. It’s easier to blame the victim than the economic system that generates more and more inequality, just as teachers get blamed for structural problems in the education system. Ageism in Youth Studies: Generation Maligned exposes how authors ignore youth, disparage them, and fault them for being anxious, depressed and narcissistic without pressing for change in the economic system that harms them. Youth are the best-educated generation ever, an altruistic group that cares about global problems. They should be viewed as a resource in the present, as they are in Nordic countries, rather than as a source of trouble.
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