Pacific Youth: Local and Global Futures
Paperback | Oct 2019 | ANU Press | 9781760463212 | 304pp | 234x153mm | RFB | AUD$50.00, NZD$59.99
populations are becoming younger and this ‘youth bulge’ is often perceived as
a dangerous precursor to civil unrest. Yet young people are also a valuable
resource holding exciting potential for the future of island nations.
Addressing these conflicting views of youth, this volume presents
ethnographic case studies of young people from across the Pacific and the
diaspora. Moving beyond the typical focus on ‘youth problems’ in reports by
Pacific governments and development agencies, the authors examine the highly
diverse lives and perspectives of young people in urban and rural locations.
They celebrate the contributions of youth to their communities while
examining the challenges they face. The case studies explore the impacts of
profound local and global changes and cover a wide sweep of youth experiences
across themes of education, employment and economic inequalities, political
and civil engagement, and migration and the diaspora.|
Contributors to this volume bring many decades of experience of research with Pacific people as well as fresh perspectives from early career and graduate researchers. Most are anthropologists and their chapters contribute to the interdisciplinary fields of youth studies and Pacific studies, offering thought-provoking insights into the possibilities for Pacific youth as they face uncertain futures.