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Young People's Development and the Great Recession
Uncertain Transitions and Precarious Futures

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Ingrid Schoon, John Bynner, David N. Ashton, Arnaldo Mont'Alvao, Jeylan T. Mortimer, Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, Andy Green, Nicola Pensiero, Maria Iacovou, Robert Crosnoe, Chelsea Smith, Jeremy Staff, Nayan Ramirez, Kelsey Cundiff, Olaf Groh-Samberg, Ramsey Wise, Pia Blossfeld, Patrick Wightman, Robert F. Schoeni, Megan E. Patrick, John E. Schulenberg, Sabine Walper, Stefan Friedrich, Mark Lyons-Amos, Carmen Leccardi, Jan G. Janmaat, Timo Kolja Pförtner, Frank J. Elgar, Katharina Rathmann, Matthias Richter, Shannon Cavanagh, Glen Elder, Walter Heinz
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  • Date Published: February 2018
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  • The 2007–8 financial crisis and subsequent 'Great Recession' particularly affected young people trying to make their way from education into the labour market at a time of economic uncertainty and upheaval. This is the first volume to examine the impact of the Great Recession on the developmental stage of young adulthood, a critical phase of the life course that has great significance in the foundations of adult identity. Using evidence from longitudinal data sets spanning three major OECD countries, these essays examine the recession's effects on education and employment outcomes and consider the wider psycho-social consequences, including living arrangements, family relations, political engagement, and health and well-being. While the recession intensified the impact of pre-existing trends towards a prolonged dependence on parents and, for many, the precaritisation of life chances, the findings also point to manifestations of resilience, where young people countered adversity by forging positive expectations of the future.

    • Recasts the concept of youth transitions within a contemporary life course perspective, taking into account micro and macro influences
    • Provides a more holistic understanding of recession effects, and offers pointers where new policy regarding, for example, education and training is urgently needed
    • Draws on data collected for a number of large-scale, national representative and longitudinal data sets
    • Illustrates the role of social policy in buffering the effects of the recession, and how these vary across countries
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    'Building on Glen H. Elder Jr's 1974 classic Children of the Great Depression, Schoon and Bynner's volume underscores the importance for understanding human development of the concepts of agency and of linked lives in time and place. Drawing on longitudinal data from three nations, the chapters in this timely and significant work provide a unique treatment of youth development in the wake of the 2008 Great Recession and creatively advance the scholarly literatures of life-course and life-span developmental science.' Richard M. Lerner, Tufts University, Massachusetts

    'Given the challenges arising from political transformations and socioeconomic crises at the beginning of the twenty-first century, this book on how young people negotiate emerging adulthood is long overdue. It is a must-read for every scientist and practitioner interested in pathways to adulthood and their cultural, social, and personal variation, as well as a source of insight for every policy maker involved in helping to avoid a lost generation of young people.' Rainer K. Silbereisen, International Union of Psychological Science

    'This outstanding, must-read volume chronicles how young people around the globe are coping with the most devastating economic crisis since the Great Depression. Using top-notch research, renowned experts describe how the consequences of this event are penetrating all aspects of young people's lives and affecting their future educational prospects, employment, health, and social relationships.' Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University

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    • Date Published: February 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316805268
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Conceptualizing youth transitions in times of economic upheaval and uncertainty: a life course perspective Ingrid Schoon and John Bynner
    Part II. The Changing Context of Youth Transitions:
    2. Globalization and its impact on the political, economic and labor market aspects of the transition David N. Ashton
    3. The Great Recession and youth labor market outcomes in international perspective Arnaldo Mont'Alvao, Jeylan T. Mortimer and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson
    4. Comparative perspectives: education and training system effects on youth transitions and opportunities Andy Green and Nicola Pensiero
    Part III. Variations in Education and Employment Transitions during Times of Economic Hardship:
    5. Young people's experiences of employment and unemployment across Europe: evidence from the EU-SILC Maria Iacovou
    6. Structural advantages, personal capacities and young adult functioning during the great recession Robert Crosnoe and Chelsea Smith
    7. The vanishing teenage worker Jeremy Staff, Nayan Ramirez and Kelsey Cundiff
    8. Education and employment transitions in Germany Olaf Groh-Samberg and Ramsey Wise
    9. Labor market entry before and after the financial crisis in Germany: duration of labor market entry, quality of first job, and fixed-term employment Pia Blossfeld
    Part IV. The Impact of the Great Recession on Families:
    10. Transitioning to adulthood in the wake of the Great Recession: family context and consequences Patrick Wightman, Robert F. Schoeni, Megan E. Patrick and John E. Schulenberg
    11. Impact of the recession on family dynamics and youth wellbeing: findings from the German Family Panel (Pairfam) Sabine Walper and Stefan Friedrich
    12. Employment and family transitions in the UK: trends before and after the Great Recession Mark Lyons-Amos and Ingrid Schoon
    Part V. Future Orientations and Wellbeing:
    13. Economic recession and youth achievement orientations and behaviour Jeylan T. Mortimer, Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson and Arnaldo Mont'Alvao
    14. The recession, young people and their relationship with the future Carmen Leccardi
    15. The impact of the recession on young people's satisfaction with democratic politics Jan G. Janmaat
    16. The Great Recession, health and health inequalities of adolescents in North America, Europe and Israel Timo Kolja Pförtner, Frank J. Elgar, Katharina Rathmann and Matthias Richter
    17. Impact of the Great Recession on young adults' health: the significance of social class Shannon Cavanagh
    Part VI. Conclusion:
    18. Insights gained on the recession effects John Bynner, Glen Elder, Walter Heinz and Ingrid Schoon.

  • Editors

    Ingrid Schoon, University College London
    Ingrid Schoon is Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, University College London, and Research Professor at the Berlin Social Science Centre (Wissenschaftszentrum).

    John Bynner, University College London
    John Bynner is Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences in Education at the Institute of Education, University College London, and Executive Editor of the international journal Longitudinal and Life Course Studies.

    Contributors

    Ingrid Schoon, John Bynner, David N. Ashton, Arnaldo Mont'Alvao, Jeylan T. Mortimer, Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, Andy Green, Nicola Pensiero, Maria Iacovou, Robert Crosnoe, Chelsea Smith, Jeremy Staff, Nayan Ramirez, Kelsey Cundiff, Olaf Groh-Samberg, Ramsey Wise, Pia Blossfeld, Patrick Wightman, Robert F. Schoeni, Megan E. Patrick, John E. Schulenberg, Sabine Walper, Stefan Friedrich, Mark Lyons-Amos, Carmen Leccardi, Jan G. Janmaat, Timo Kolja Pförtner, Frank J. Elgar, Katharina Rathmann, Matthias Richter, Shannon Cavanagh, Glen Elder, Walter Heinz

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