By Johanna Wyn. Published by Oxford University Press, South Melbourne. ISBN:9780195560466
Reviewed by Louise Rowling, University of Sydney, New South Wales
Introduction: The audience for this text is broad; teachers, health workers, youth workers and parents. Readers may be misled by the title Youth Health and Welfare as the dominant phrase used is not welfare, but youth health and wellbeing. Welfare does not appear in the index nor in the contents page, whereas a whole chapter is devoted to wellbeing. The subtitle The more accurately Cultural Politics of Education and Wellbeing reflects the contents. Wyn adopts a critical perspective in order to develop new ways of thinking about young people’s lives. The text does not present a medical, individual behaviour, personal responsibility perspective, but rather youth from a sociological backdrop of social, economic and political change with young people placed as the referent point in this bigger picture.
Health Promotion Journal of Australia 2010; 21:156-7