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ERIC Number: EJ832070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1367-6261
Youth Transitions and Generations: A Response to Wyn and Woodman
Roberts, Ken
Journal of Youth Studies, v10 n2 p263-269 May 2007
This article presents the author's response to Wyn and Woodman (2006) who have urged shifting youth research away from a transition paradigm to a generation paradigm. The evidence that they marshal in support is mainly from Australia, but their arguments are intended to be relevant throughout the western world. Here, the author argues that Wyn and Woodman's proposal is basically unsound. This is despite their admirable intention, which is to promote a better understanding of today's young people, recognising that their lives are not basically the same as those of the baby-boomers, and that ideas about how young people ought to progress towards adulthood, and policies based on these ideas, which are rooted in "what worked" in the baby-boomer past, need radical revision. The author contends that, given these intentions, the proposed shift in perspective in youth studies is unnecessary, and that making this shift will damage youth research and diminish its ability to understand and attune social policies to the realities of the lives of young people today.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia