Research Handbook on Transitions into Adulthood


Research Handbook on Transitions into Adulthood

9781839106965 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jenny Chesters, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 83910 696 5 Extent: 316 pp
This prescient Research Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges that young people from across the globe face as they navigate the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

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This prescient Research Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges that young people from across the globe face as they navigate the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

An international collective of expert scholars takes stock of the changing social, political, and economic contexts that have exacerbated the difficulties experienced by young people as they leave education and embark on their journey to financial and emotional independence. Exploring both the Global North and South, chapters examine the manifold complexities of the transition to adulthood, covering youth policies and participation, mobility and belonging, life course and intergenerational relations, gendered transitions, youth precariousness and marginalisation, youth cultures, and health and wellbeing. The Research Handbook ultimately concludes that linear pathways from full-time education to full-time employment have become increasingly rare as rapidly evolving educational and labour market contexts continue to disrupt traditional views of adulthood.

Engaging with contemporary theoretical debates on transitions into adulthood, this erudite Research Handbook will be an essential reference for advanced students and scholars of youth studies, life courses, education policy, geographical mobilities, and the sociology of work. Its examination of how government policies determine how economic circumstances impact young people will also benefit policymakers.
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‘This is a wide-ranging, topical, and internationally relevant addition to our research literature on youth, young adulthood and youth transitions. It includes chapters from leading scholars in the field and new insights from youth research in over a dozen countries, including perspectives from the Global South.’
– Robert MacDonald, University of Huddersfield, UK
Contributors include: Sanna Aaltonen, Milena Arancibia, Emiliana Armano, Päivi Armila, Tomohiko Asano, María Cristina Bayón, Andy Bennett, Daniel Bennett, Harry Blatterer, Helen Cahill, Jenny Chesters, Alvaro Augusto Comin, Carlos Henrique Leite Corseuil, Hernan Cuervo, Valentina Cuzzocrea, David Everatt, Carles Feixa, Maíra Penna Franca, Jun Fu, Fabio Gaspani, Nadya Araujo Guimarães, Anita Harris, Sherene Idriss, Ewa Krzaklewska, Arianna Mainardi, Charlotte McPherson, Steven Miles, Ana Miranda, Murillo Marschner, Luca Raffini, Gonzalo A. Saraví, Nina Scopinaro, Ari Sivenius, Kostas Theodoridis, Cécile Van de Velde, Stefania Voli, Johanna Wyn

Introduction to the Research Handbook on Transitions into Adulthood 1
Jenny Chesters

1 Youth policies in Europe: logics and actors in the field 15
Valentina Cuzzocrea
2 The impact of post-industrialisation and neoliberal policies on
education and youth employment 30
Jenny Chesters
3 Participation in transition. Youth and the reinvention of politics 40
Luca Raffini

4 The usefulness of the concept of belonging in youth transitions 55
Hernan Cuervo and Charlotte McPherson
5 Mobility in youth transitions at the start of 21st century – from
consuming mobility to im/mobile futures? 67
Ewa Krzaklewska
6 Contested places: daily struggles to belong among disadvantaged youth
in Latin America 79
María Cristina Bayón and Gonzalo A. Saraví
7 Belonging and participation: perspectives of youth from socio-cultural margins 92
Päivi Armila and Ari Sivenius

8 Changes in the conceptualization of the life course 104
Harry Blatterer
9 Global perspectives on youth and intergenerational relations in the 21st century 115
Cécile Van de Velde
10 Transitions in the context of intergenerational relations 129
Sanna Aaltonen

11 Gendering transitions: future directions and intersectional approaches 140
Anita Harris and Sherene Idriss
12 Gender and sexuality in the political experience of young people in Italy 153
Arianna Mainardi and Stefania Voli
13 Youth and gender: women’s paid and unpaid work trajectories. The
case of Argentina 164
Milena Arancibia, Ana Miranda and Nina Scopinaro

14 Resituating youth precariousness in the time of the pandemic 178
Emiliana Armano and Fabio Gaspani
15 Youth marginalisation in South Africa since democracy 190
David Everatt
16 Changing policies, durable inequalities: youth flows and transitions in
the Brazilian labour market 204
Nadya Araujo Guimarães, Alvaro Augusto Comin, Carlos Henrique Leite
Corseuil, Murillo Marschner and Maíra Penna Franca

17 Changes in youth cultures and lifestyles: drivers of change in youth transitions 225
Carles Feixa
18 Uncommon biographies: how social media provides young people with
an experiential realm 237
Kostas Theodoridis and Steven Miles
19 Youth, music and identity in a post-digital world 250
Andy Bennett and Daniel Bennett

20 Re-thinking resilience in transitional times 260
Helen Cahill
21 A livelihood resilience perspective on generations in transition 272
Johanna Wyn and Jun Fu
22 Mental health and wellbeing under transformation of the transition
process in Japan 285
Tomohiko Asano
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