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Understanding youth in the global economic crisis$
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Alan France

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315759

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315759.001.0001

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Unemployment and work: precarious futures

Unemployment and work: precarious futures

(p.109) Five Unemployment and work: precarious futures
Understanding youth in the global economic crisis

Alan France

Policy Press

This chapter explores what has been happening to young people’s relationships with paid work. Not only has the age entry point into work been reconfigured, but the way in which paid work is experienced by many young people has been undergoing significant changes. Following the crisis new and deeper problems for the young have emerged, especially around unemployment and finding a career. This discussion will start by examining how these changes have been conceptualised, highlighting the importance of recognising the nature of these new relationships, especially in terms of insecurity and uncertainty. It will then examine what this has meant in terms of youth unemployment and young people’s working in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. These processes are not unique to the 2007 economic crisis, although, as it shows, they have clearly been accelerated by it.

Keywords:   youth, unemployment, paid work, insecurity, uncertainty

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