The changing landscape of youth and young adulthood

Authored by: Andy Furlong

Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138804357
eBook ISBN: 9781315753058
Adobe ISBN: 9781317619895


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Youth and young adulthood are phases in the life-course that involve significant changes as new statuses are negotiated and old ones abandoned. Ties of dependency to the family weaken or take new forms and young people gain new freedoms and are expected to accept greater responsibilities. The study of transitions from youth to adulthood has long formed an important theme in youth studies; some would argue to its detriment (e.g. Cohen and Ainley, 2000). Moreover, there is a general acceptance that transitions from education to work, from dependence to independence and from co-residence with parents or carers to co-residence with partners or friends or to solo living has become much more protracted as changes that once occurred in the late teens or early twenties are now frequently delayed until the late twenties or thirties. Indeed, for some this protraction cannot be understood within the parameters of youth but forces us to recognise a new phase in the life-course variously referred to as young adulthood (EGRIS, 2001) or emerging adulthood (Arnett, 2004).

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