Against the odds: Young people and work
Edited by Judith Bessant and Sandy Cook
Hobart: Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, 1998.
ISBN 1 875236 43 0 (pbk) 278 pp.
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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, policy-makers, 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?