By R. Simmons, R. Thompson, L. Russell
Drawing on a longitudinal research of the lives of NEET teenagers, this ebook appears to be like past dominant discourses on early life unemployment to supply a wealthy, precise account of younger people's stories of participation and non-participation at the margins of schooling and employment, highlighting the coverage implications of this research.
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Profound shifts in the nature of work and the economy have been accompanied by other social changes, including increased expectations and rights for women. Dramatically increased levels of migration have made the UK more culturally diverse than was the case in the post-war era. Whilst compulsory schooling has lengthened and, in some 42 Education, Work and Social Change ways, the experience of education has become more homogeneous for the majority of young people, the ideal of the common school has been largely abandoned and replaced with ideas of market forces and diversity (Fielding and Moss 2011).
She was uncomfortable visiting the local park and children’s centre, feeling that she was seen as a ‘White trash teenage mum’. Danny, another young person we will meet later in the book, experienced isolation in different ways. Danny had a history of youth offending and had been asked to leave the family home some time before we ﬁrst met. He now lived alone in a high-rise local authority ﬂat and, whilst he engaged intermittently and, frankly, quite half-heartedly with various training programmes, he spent most of his time NEET.
However, youth transitions in post-war Britain should not be romanticized, and factory life was a bleak and alienating experience for many workers (Beynon 1973). Although young people were often eager to leave school, not all settled easily into working life, and the ready availability of employment masked the way that some young people ‘churned’ chronically from job to job (Finn 1987). Nowadays, for most young people, the journey into adulthood is more complex and extended than was the case for previous generations.