'Adults don't realize how sheltered they are': a contribution to the debate on youth transitions from some voices on the margins

Stephen, Dawn E. and Squires, Peter (2003) 'Adults don't realize how sheltered they are': a contribution to the debate on youth transitions from some voices on the margins Journal of Youth Studies, 6 (2). pp. 145-164. ISSN 1367-6261

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Abstract

Taking vehicles without the owner's consent has recently been explored in the context of 'risk'. In this paper we wish to add to this invaluable insight and, especially, to the current debate, not least in this journal, on the conceptual value of youth transitions in general, and the school to work transition in particular. Through the accounts of a sample of young men involved in vehicle offending we demonstrate that, from their worldview, the school to work transition, albeit in an 'alternative' form, remains a prime heuristic device for understanding their 'self-culture', identity and status creation, and their chosen leisure activities as they confront all too prematurely the insecurities produced by late modernity. This one transitional element, however, must be appreciated as one aspect of a much broader conceptualization of 'transition' that serves to afford insight into the lived experiences of those young people.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1080/1367626032000110282
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
ID Code:384
Deposited By:editor sass
Deposited On:20 Aug 2007
Last Modified:30 Jan 2014 10:41

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