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Against the odds: Young people and work

Against the odds:
Young people and work

Edited by Judith Bessant and Sandy Cook

ACYS Publishing
ISBN 1875236430


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Will young Australians adapt to the uncertainty of the post-industrial labour market and find their place in the new work order? Or does the trend toward underemployment and precarious part-time or casual employment stack the labour market against them? Leading Australian researchers and commentators explore these and other questions.

Against the odds: Young people and work is a vital contribution to current debate and is the first book to bring together such a wide range of perspectives on the subject. The book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the issues surrounding young people and work, including youth and community workers, teachers, academics, policymakers, politicians and young people themselves.

The book investigates:

  • the experiences of young Australians in the labour market over the past 100 years and how this is reflected in the contemporary scene
  • the recent trends that characterise the experience of young people as they move from school to training, further education or work in a rapidly changing technological age
  • the workplace experiences of specific groups of young people, including those who are disabled, gay or from non-English-speaking backgrounds
  • government policies on youth employment and training: Are they helping or hindering the prospects of young people in the labour market?

About the editors  

Judith Bessant teaches at the Australian Catholic University and is the author of articles on social policy, education and youth issues. She has also authored and edited a number of books, including (coeditor) Youth, Crime and the Media (NCYS, 1997) and Youth Studies: An Australian Perspective (Longmans, 1998).

Sandy Cook lectures in the School of Law and Legal Studies at La Trobe University. Sandy has ten years experience as a teacher in prison and youth training centres. Her research and teaching interests include juvenile justice, women's imprisonment, disability issues and education. 

Table of contents 


'Let's talk about sex' - National survey

Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH) and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) are conducting a national survey of young people on sex and sexual health education.  Original article

03 May 2012

New webinar series for the youth sector

The Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) and the Youth Research Centre from the University of Melbourne will be co-presenting a webinar series, Open Space, looking at issues important to the youth sector. The first webinar entitiled Promoting young people’s wellbeing in communities will be held on 6 June at 2:30pm. Presenter Andrew Cummings from AYAC is joined by researcher, Richard Eckersley, Young and Well's Michelle Blanchard and other practitioners discussing the importance of community to the wellbeing of young people. Registration information

03 May 2012

Keep them safe interim review- workforce survey 2012

The NSW Government is undertaking an Interim Review of the NSW Action Plan Keep Them Safe: A Shared Approach to Child Wellbeing. This includes a survey targeting Mandatory Reporters across New South Wales. Original article

03 May 2012

Effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children and adolescents

A review conducted by the Anna Freud Centre and Tavistock Clinic in London suggests this treatment can be effective for a range of childhood disorders – though some disorders are more responsive to psychotherapy than others. Original article

03 May 2012

Youth Foyer for vulnerable young people in Victoria

Funding for a trial of youth foyers in Victoria has been included as part of the recently announced state budget, with first of three foyers to be built in Broadmeadows. Original article

03 May 2012

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