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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 Twenty-First Century Society, 5, (2), pp. 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.

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Published date: June 2010


Local EPrints ID: 170663
ISSN: 1745-0144
PURE UUID: f6ba202c-c226-420b-bba9-cab75b4db765
ORCID for Rosalind Edwards: ORCID iD
ORCID for Susie Weller: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 11 Jan 2011 10:00
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:16

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