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ERIC Number: EJ865799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1367-6261
From "Inheritance" to Individualization: Disembedding Working-Class Youth Transitions in Post-Soviet Russia
Walker, Charlie
Journal of Youth Studies, v12 n5 p531-545 Oct 2009
Despite the impoverishment of prospects for those employed in the industrial and agricultural sectors in post-Soviet Russia, young people in vocational education colleges continue to be trained for "poor work" in traditional large-scale enterprises. This article draws upon qualitative, case-study research in exploring young people's subjective orientations to a route to adulthood that is at once available and yet unviable, as well as their orientations to new forms of education and service sector employment. The article highlights the disjuncture which has emerged between the collectivist, class-based identities and modalities young people construct around transitions into initial vocational education and training (IVET) colleges and the individualized, choice-based narratives they use to describe experiences of later transitions into work. This shift from "inheritance" to "individualization" mirrors that among working-class youth elsewhere in the world, for whom the principal dimension of "reflexivity" in the late-modern context has been the individualized attribution of blame for "wrong choices".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Russia