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ERIC Number: ED500310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec-4
Pages: 208
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-9-781-4129-3068-0
Inventing Adulthoods: A Biographical Approach to Youth Transitions
Henderson, Sheila J.; Holland, Janet; McGrellis, Sheena; Sharpe, Sue; Thomson, Rachel
SAGE Publications (CA)
"Inventing Adulthoods: A Biographical Approach to Youth Transitions" is a ground-breaking book that offers a new approach to understanding young people's lives and their transitions to adulthood. Contrary to policy and research approaches that often see young people's lives in a fragmented way, the book argues that a biographical approach to youth is vital to capture the holistic and dynamic character of young lives. Based on a study of a diverse group of 100 young people over a ten year period, the book shows how the interplay of chance, choice, and opportunity can shape their lives. The book explores a number of high profile policy issues such as: education, employment, chemical cultures, cultures of violence and well-being; but also considers the significance of those things that mean most to young people themselves: mobility, home, belonging, intimacy and sociality. Key features are: (1) An emphasis on case studies and interviews; (2) A consideration of the impact that social factors such as gender, social class, sexuality, religion, disability, and family have on young people's life opportunities; (3) Connections between young people's lives, social policy frameworks, and practice applications; and (4) A lively and engaging style. The book is divided into three parts. Part I, Theorizing Transitions to Adulthood, presents: (1) Introduction: Time, Place and Method; and (2) Inventing Adulthoods: Resources and Resourcefulness. Part II, From Public Agendas to Joined up Lives, continues with: (1) Education; (2) Work; (3) Cultures of Violence; (4) Chemical Cultures; and (5) Well-Being. Part III, Biographical Projects and the Remaking of Inequality, concludes with: (1) Mobility; (2) Belonging; (3) Home; (4) Intimacy; and (5) Sociality. Also includes a conclusion: Looking to the Future.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Students; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Cambridge (England).
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A