Adulthoods: Young people's strategies for transition.
1999 - October 2001
Funded under the ESRC Youth Citizenship and Social Change programme
(L134251008), this study built on the sample and methods of the Youth
here to download the final report of this study.
Objectives of the study:
- Building on the Youth Values study, to
document young people's accounts of their own transitions to adulthood
over a five-year period, in five contrasting locations of the UK.
- To identify 'critical moments' in the
construction of adult identities and how these may be implicated in
processes of social inclusion and exclusion by both opening or closing
pathways to further imaginative opportunity.
- To explore the relationship between
social structured opportunities (e.g. social class, locality, gender,
'race' and family support), the contingencies of individual biography,
and broader social processes of individualisation and globalisation.
- To produce new bodies of data in all
these areas and to develop theory and contribute to knowledge in
relation to: agency and the 'reflexive project of self'; values and the
construction of adult identity; the impact of globalisation on the
- To develop innovative methods to capture
young people's changing values, evolving stories of adulthood, and
their reflections on processes of transition.
- What accounts do young people in five
different locations in the UK give of their own transition to adulthood?
- What are the material, social and
cultural resources available to young men and women growing up in
different environments and how do they affect their life trajectories?
- Can 'critical moments' in the
construction of adulthood be identified and if so what part do they
play in processes of social inclusion and exclusion?
- What is the relationship between socially
structured opportunities, the contingencies of individual biographies
and broader social processes of individualisation and globalisation?