Critical Perspectives on Youth

This series aims to advance a distinct critical youth studies perspective, rooted in empirical inquiry, guided by a core set of theoretical and methodological commitments, and intended to have relevance for social policy and institutional practice. The series examines the socially constructed nature of childhood and adolescence and seeks to complicate universal and essentialist understandings of childhood. The Critical Perspectives on Youth series takes young people’s social worlds as the starting point for analysis as it explores how the meaning and experience of being young and coming of age is differently patterned by race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, class, nation, community and place; examines how youth’s worlds are created in and through a complex of social interactions, networks and organizations, institutions, and discourses; and sheds light on social and economic inequality and global transformations as they unfold in childhood and the lives of youth.


Amy L. Best, George Mason University
Lorena Garcia, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jessica K. Taft, University of California, Santa Cruz


CJ Pascoe, University of Oregon, Sociology
Kim Cairns, Rutgers University-Camden, Childhood Studies
Victor Rios, University of California Santa Barbara, Sociology
Allison Pugh, University of Virginia, Sociology
Georgiann Davis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Freeden Oeur, Tufts University
Lauren Heidbrink, California State University Long Beach, Human Development
Roger Hart, CUNY Graduate Center, Psychology and Geography
Rebecca Raby, Brock University, Child and Youth Studies
Shauna Pomeranz, Brock University, Child and Youth Studies
Ranita Ray, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Sociology
Nikki Jones, University of California-Berkeley, Sociology
Roberto Gonzalez, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
Jessica Fields, San Francisco State University, Sociology


Submissions should take the form of a 3-5 page proposal outlining the intent and scope of the project, its merits in comparison to existing texts, and the audience it is designed to reach. You should also include a detailed Table of Contents, 2-3 sample chapters, and a current copy of your curriculum vitae. Please refer to NYU Press’ submission guidelines.

Please contact the General Editors or Ilene Kalish, Executive Editor at NYU Press, if you are interested in submitting a proposal.