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Martin Boddy and Michael Parkinson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344458

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.001.0001

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Youth employment, racialised gendering and school–work transitions

Youth employment, racialised gendering and school–work transitions

(p.323) Eighteen Youth employment, racialised gendering and school–work transitions
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Sophie Bowlby

Sally Lloyd Evans

Clare Roche

Policy Press

This chapter explores the school–work transitions of young men and women from different ethnic and class backgrounds in the two prosperous towns of Reading and Slough in England at the end of the 1990s. It examines how young people's ideas of their own racialised and gendered identities affect their labour-market behaviour, and how racialised and gendered ideas held by employers about young people influence their employability. The chapter describes the interconnected phases in the transition from school to paid work that most young people pass through between sixteen and twenty-five years of age.

Keywords:   school–work transitions, young people, Reading, Slough, England, labour-market behaviour, employability

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