As societies become more technically advanced and jobs require more expertise, young people are forced into a prolonged state of social marginality. Employment during adolescence could provide significant experiences for growth into later work roles, but most societies are not equipped to provide adolescents with meaningful work experience. In Youth Unemployment and Society, a group of historians, psychologists, economists and sociologists provide a cross-national examination of trends in youth unemployment and intervention strategies in the United States and Europe. Assessing the causes of aggregate societal unemployment rates, the authors address factors that make individuals more vulnerable to unemployment and consider the developmental consequences of this experience. The volume also examines how persistently high rates of youth unemployment affect society's values, beliefs, and institutions.
"The volume offers not only comprehensive reviews and interpretations of relevant literature, but also methodological and theoretical challenges to social scientists who work on these problems. The conclusions drawn throughout are well supported by the latest scientific research on the determining, mediating, and moderating factors affecting unemployment in Europe and North America. The book provides analyses of the success of national programs and systems designed to alleviate unemployment or prevent it from becoming a personal and societal problem." Leann M. Tigges, Contemporary Sociology