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Between cosmopolitanism and the locals: mobility as a resource in the transition to adulthood

Between cosmopolitanism and the locals: mobility as a resource in the transition to adulthood
Between cosmopolitanism and the locals: mobility as a resource in the transition to adulthood
How useful is the distinction between cosmopolitans and locals in understanding the place of mobility and travel within contemporary youth transition? In this article we draw on a qualitative longitudinal study of young people in the UK, suggesting that localities have their own particular economy of mobility, operating at levels of the material, cultural and fantasy. In different localities young people are tied to the immediacy of physical and social space to differing degrees, and factors such as ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social class are significant in this. We illustrate and explore these themes through two longitudinal case histories in order to see how resources and agency are animated in practice. We conclude by arguing against the use of fixed typologies, suggesting that young people are torn between competing forces in relation to notions of home, tradition and fixedness on one hand and of mobility, escape and transformation on the other. The ways in which these tensions are negotiated at the biographical level are firmly embedded in gendered projects of self, through which young people work towards the kinds of men and women that they will be, drawing on family, community and cultural resources in the process
1103-3088
327-342
Thomson, R.
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Taylor, R.
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Thomson, R.
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Taylor, R.
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Thomson, R. and Taylor, R. (2005) Between cosmopolitanism and the locals: mobility as a resource in the transition to adulthood. Young, 13 (4), 327-342. (doi:10.1177/1103308805057051).

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How useful is the distinction between cosmopolitans and locals in understanding the place of mobility and travel within contemporary youth transition? In this article we draw on a qualitative longitudinal study of young people in the UK, suggesting that localities have their own particular economy of mobility, operating at levels of the material, cultural and fantasy. In different localities young people are tied to the immediacy of physical and social space to differing degrees, and factors such as ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social class are significant in this. We illustrate and explore these themes through two longitudinal case histories in order to see how resources and agency are animated in practice. We conclude by arguing against the use of fixed typologies, suggesting that young people are torn between competing forces in relation to notions of home, tradition and fixedness on one hand and of mobility, escape and transformation on the other. The ways in which these tensions are negotiated at the biographical level are firmly embedded in gendered projects of self, through which young people work towards the kinds of men and women that they will be, drawing on family, community and cultural resources in the process

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Published date: November 2005
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 375219
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/375219
ISSN: 1103-3088
PURE UUID: f9f35442-4db8-401e-8116-0768ee3dff19
ORCID for R. Taylor: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8677-0246

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Last modified: 09 Nov 2021 03:32

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Author: R. Thomson
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