Critical Perspectives on Youth

This series aims to advance a distinct critical youth studies 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 transformation as they unfold in the lives of children and youth.


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


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.