Taking Control?: Early Adult Life in Contrasting Social Landscapes
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As the exercise of control and the ability to influence life chances increase from the late teenage years to the mid-20s, much can be learnt from the experiences and perceptions of young adults about the processes involved. According to evolutionary psychologists, humans are ‘hard-wired’ for progress by the maturational tendencies of the young to reject the status quo and strive for change (OECD 2007). Many developmental psychologists have explored these processes, but few have explored them internationally with differences in the social positioning of young people in view. The focus on adolescence in much youth research has also missed the most informative time – when young people achieve adult status and come up against the realities of the labour market.
KeywordsLabour Market Young People Social Class Local Labour Market Youth Unemployment
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