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Young people in the labour market, past, present, future, Andy Furlong ... [et al.]

Young people in the labour market, past, present, future, Andy Furlong ... [et al.]
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 126-136) and index
Main title
Young people in the labour market
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Andy Furlong ... [et al.]
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Youth, young adulthood and society
Sub title
past, present, future
It is argued that levels of suffering among young people have always been much higher than suggested by governments. Indeed, policies towards young workers have often been framed in ways that help secure conformity to a new employment landscape in which traditional securities have been progressively removed. Increasingly punitive welfare regimes have resulted in new hardships, especially among young women and those living in depressed labour markets. Framed by the ideas of Norbert Elias, Young People in the Labour Market challenges the idea that changing economic landscapes have given birth to a 'Precariat' and argues that labour insecurity is more deep rooted and complex than others have suggested. The book focuses on young people and the ways in which their working lives have changed between the 1980s recession and the Great Recession of 2008/2009 and its immediate aftermath, although we begin by drawing attention to trends already emerging in the preceding two decade. Drawing in data originally collected during the 1980s recession and comparing it to contemporary data drawn from the UK Household Longitudinal Study, the book explores the ways in which young people have adjusted to the changes, arguing that life satisfaction and optimism are linked to labour market conditions
Table Of Contents
Foreword looking back in order to look forward / Ken Roberts -- Understanding the changing youth labour market -- From the "golden age" to neo-liberalism -- The great transformation and the punitive turn -- Towards a new normality : work and unemployment in contemporary Britain -- The age of liminality -- Towards a post-liminal labour market -- Afterword -- Is it inevitable that young people have to carry these costs of social change?
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