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© University of South Wales
Forever Young
Transition and what does it
mean for young people today
Dr Howard Williamson
Pro...
Transitions means many things……
But, unless they die, young people, like
all people have to live a life
And it is the qual...
• Education (schooling and more)
• Vocational training
• Employment
• Health
• Housing
• Crime
• Relationships
• Leisure
•...
• Delinquency (1960) – The Teenage Consumer!
• Youth cultures (1970s) – Resistance through Rituals
• Transition from schoo...
• Social expectations and opportunities –
increasing supply
• Global shifts and labour market
restructuring – decreasing d...
• ‘Struggling beyond youth’ and ‘Trapped
as teenagers’ (written by me in 1985)
• Belonging / Security / Opportunities
• As...
• No generational contract
• The Pinch
• A stolen inheritance?
• Responses of the young?
• Positive attributes in short su...
New guarantees?
Jobs – what kind of jobs?
Training – what kind of training?
Need for contact, engagement, judgment, then
t...
Emotional / Psychological
Cultural / Social
Material / Economic
Civic - Political
© University of South Wales
Making the c...
Morally (ethically)
Economically
Politically
Generationally
Culturally?
© University of South Wales
Can we afford to do no...
© University of South Wales
May you NOT stay
Forever Young
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  1. 1. © University of South Wales Forever Young Transition and what does it mean for young people today Dr Howard Williamson Professor of European Youth Policy
  2. 2. Transitions means many things…… But, unless they die, young people, like all people have to live a life And it is the quality of that life that matters – its opportunities, its possibilities, its experiences………. © University of South Wales How long is a piece of string?
  3. 3. • Education (schooling and more) • Vocational training • Employment • Health • Housing • Crime • Relationships • Leisure • Travel / mobility • Hobbies ….. More? © University of South Wales Three generations
  4. 4. • Delinquency (1960) – The Teenage Consumer! • Youth cultures (1970s) – Resistance through Rituals • Transition from school to work (1980s) • Transitions from school (1990s) • Complex, multiple, reversible (1990s-2000s) • Education, training, employment • Families: origin to destinations • Housing: dependent to independent • Opportunity and Risk • Inclusion / exclusion • Advantage / disadvantage • Human, social and identity capital • The ‘youth divide’ (2000s) © University of South Wales Youth research
  5. 5. • Social expectations and opportunities – increasing supply • Global shifts and labour market restructuring – decreasing demand • Qualification inflation / credentialism • Meaning & Relevance of transition pathways • The paradox of Alpbach v. Milltown © University of South Wales Aspiration and attainment
  6. 6. • ‘Struggling beyond youth’ and ‘Trapped as teenagers’ (written by me in 1985) • Belonging / Security / Opportunities • Aspirations / Volunteering • Pathways for progression • Engagement and Contribution • Community, values and reciprocal relationships • Self-assurance and self-confidence • Purposeful activity • Resilience • Optimism © University of South Wales Forever Young?
  7. 7. • No generational contract • The Pinch • A stolen inheritance? • Responses of the young? • Positive attributes in short supply? • Autonomy or Abandonment • Multiple sites for initiative, intervention and invention © University of South Wales A generation sacrificed…. Or betrayed?
  8. 8. New guarantees? Jobs – what kind of jobs? Training – what kind of training? Need for contact, engagement, judgment, then the provision of diverse opportunities Different, not new, deals – labour market, community, youth projects, personal projects Ladders and stepping stones towards the labour market – personal and positional change © University of South Wales No guarantees
  9. 9. Emotional / Psychological Cultural / Social Material / Economic Civic - Political © University of South Wales Making the connections Inter – generational Intra – generational Cross-cultural Inter-faith
  10. 10. Morally (ethically) Economically Politically Generationally Culturally? © University of South Wales Can we afford to do nothing? But WHAT, WHO FOR, HOW, WHEN, WHERE?
  11. 11. © University of South Wales May you NOT stay Forever Young

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