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Title: Rights of passage : social change and the transition from youth to adulthood
Author: Irwin, Sarah
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1993
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The thesis is a study of change in the transition from youth to adulthood in contemporary Britain. Through an analysis of data collected in a survey of young adults and their parents, undertaken in conjunction with a critical appraisal of more general evidence on the organisation of employment and life cycle processes, the thesis explores the social organisation of dependency and obligation. Following the recession and mass unemployment in the early 1980s there has been an increasing interest in the consequences of economic change for life cycle processes. Several writers have explored the question of whether employment restructuring has disrupted the attainment of adult lifestyles, and citizenship rights, amongst recent cohorts of young people. Research, however, has reached contradictory conclusions over the significance of economic change for patterns of transition to adulthood. Another problem is the failure of research to locate youth adequately in relation to the social structure. Further, the coherence of gender processes in the organisation of transition has been obscured, since the life cycles of men and women are conventionally seen to be structured around different principles. It is an argument of the thesis that these problems are related, and arise from an inadequate consideration of the interrelations which give meaning to youth and transition as life cycle stages. Existing studies of family related life cycle transitions and studies of the youth labour market both embody, and reflect, a conceptual division between 'social' and 'economic' processes. This division, however, does not reflect real processes. The framework developed in the thesis offers an integrated analysis of life cycle dynamics and economic processes, through which changes in the organisation of transitions from youth to adulthood are explained.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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