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Exploring Complex Transitions: Looking Back at the ‘Golden Age’ of From School to Work

By John Goodwin and Henrietta O'Connor

Abstract

Using data from a little known project, ‘Adjustment of Young Workers to Work Situations and Adult Roles’, carried out in Leicester between 1962 and 1964, this article aims to re-examine the extent to which transitions during this time were complex, lengthy, non-linear and single-step and explores the assumed linearity and uncomplicated nature of school to work transitions in the 1960s. It is argued that earlier research on youth transitions has tended to understate the level of complexity that characterized youth transitions in the early 1960s and 1970s. Instead, authors exploring transition during this period concentrated on ‘macro’ or more structural issues such as class and gender. It is suggested that transitions in the 1960s were characterized by individual level complexity that has largely been ignored by others exploring school to work transitions

Topics: Norbert Elias, risk and individualization, young workers, youth transitions
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0038038505050535
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/990
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