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Title: Exploring Complex Transitions: Looking Back at the ‘Golden Age’ of From School to Work
Authors: Goodwin, John
O'Connor, Henrietta
First Published: 2005
Citation: Sociology, 2005, 39 (2), pp.201-220
Abstract: Using data from a little known project, ‘Adjustment of Young Workers to Work Situations and Adult Roles’, carried out in Leicester between 1962 and 1964, this article aims to re-examine the extent to which transitions during this time were complex, lengthy, non-linear and single-step and explores the assumed linearity and uncomplicated nature of school to work transitions in the 1960s. It is argued that earlier research on youth transitions has tended to understate the level of complexity that characterized youth transitions in the early 1960s and 1970s. Instead, authors exploring transition during this period concentrated on ‘macro’ or more structural issues such as class and gender. It is suggested that transitions in the 1960s were characterized by individual level complexity that has largely been ignored by others exploring school to work transitions.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0038038505050535
ISSN: 0038-0385
eISSN: 1469-8684
Type: Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Sociology April 2005 vol. 39 no. 2 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © the authors.
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