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Title: Engineer, mechanic or carpenter: boys' transitions to work in the 1960s
Authors: Goodwin, John
O'Connor, Henrietta
First Published: 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Journal of Education and Work, 2005, 18 (4), pp.451-471
Abstract: In this paper, we seek to examine the gendered nature of boys’ school to work transitions for a group of young male workers entering employment for the first time in the 1960s. We argue that such an enquiry is important because past studies of transitions have not problematised boys’ school to work transitions in terms of gender. Moreover, where gender has been employed as an analytical category, it has been used as shorthand to describe the experiences of women. We draw upon data from Norbert Elias’s largely unknown ‘Adjustment of young workers to work situations and adult roles’ project to examine the boys’ experiences of the transition process in terms of reflections on school, thinking about work, finding and adjusting to work and thinking about the future. Analysis of these data reveals that young males do experience the transition to work as a gendered process and paid employment confirms aspects of their male identity.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13639080500327824
ISSN: 1363-9080
eISSN: 1469-9435
Type: Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Education and Work on 2005, available online:
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