Critical Perspectives on Youth

The study of youth has proliferated in the last two decades within both the traditional disciplinary fields and interdisciplinary arenas. Youth Studies is diffuse and expansive, charted across a variety of disciplines including but not limited to Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Education, History, English, and Cultural Studies, as well as interdisciplinary fields such as Girls’ Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, American Studies, and Ethnic Studies. The aim of this series is to bring together one strand of work within this much larger field — a strand that is identified here as “Critical Youth Studies.” The series editors aim to develop, elaborate and clarify a set of theoretical and methodological tenets for a distinctive critical youth studies approach rooted in empirical inquiry.

The series editors see the following as some of the key theoretical elements of their critical approach: the socially constructed nature of childhood and adolescence over and against the universalizing and naturalizing propensities of early developmental theory; centering young people’s social worlds and social locations as the starting point for analysis; exploring how the meaning and experience of youth is profoundly shaped by other important axes of social difference, including but not limited to race, class, gender, place, nation, and sexuality; recognizing that youths’ worlds are constituted through multiple processes, institutions, and discourses, and that central to understanding youth identity and experience is understanding social inequalities; engaging with the dynamics of global transformation in the experience of childhood and youth; and emphasizing the relevance for policy and practice.


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.