Book Review: Rethinking Youth Citizenship After the Age of Entitlement by Lucas Walsh and Rosalyn Black

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    In summary, this book is a thorough investigation of the changing nature of youth citizenship after the age of entitlement; a time when globalization and neoliberalism have become the two major forces guiding political and socio-economic life in Western democracies. The authors’ analysis is soundly supported by empirical research with youth in Australia, and firmly grounded in the recent literature on youth, citizenship, and globalization. My only critical observation is that, as the authors acknowledge in their introduction, the book is written from a Western perspective and therefore its findings and implications are limited in applicability. However, the authors have done a remarkable job in connecting the local to the global, staying true to their stated goal of locating their discussion of the tensions around Australian youth citizenship practices “within the wider global context of continuing change and precarity” (p.1). I therefore have no reservation in recommending this book as a very interesting read for any educator, policy-maker, or parent of young adults. I also wholeheartedly recommend it as a textbook for college students of a number of disciplines (from political science to education and social work) who will enjoy the empathetic tone of the authors as well as their optimistic view of a future that our young adults have yet to build.

    Period18 Jul 2019

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