Trajectories from youth to adulthood: choice and structure for young people before and during recession

Edwards, Rosalind and Weller, Susie (2010) Trajectories from youth to adulthood: choice and structure for young people before and during recession. Contemporary Social Science, 5, (2), 125-136. (doi:10.1080/17450141003783298).


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This paper is concerned with what the economic recession and rising youth unemployment might mean for young people's trajectories into adulthood. It is based on a qualitative longitudinal study that has been tracking young people's lateral relationships over the past four years or more. A series of case studies are used, drawing on Brannen and colleagues' four-fold transitions typology which highlights the structural forces underpinning the choices young people are able to make. The paper argues that young people enter a period of economic recession with prior resources and particular trajectories already in play in their lives. Thus, for the young people in this study, rather than recession bringing about a changed or fractured pathway into adulthood, it is providing a certain set of conditions for embedding particular, pre-existing trajectories.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/17450141003783298
ISSNs: 1745-0144 (print)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 170663
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2010Published
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 10:00
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:31

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