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Transitions into Adulthood and Inequalities: the Institutional Perspective
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8840-1145
2015 (English)In: Zhurnal Issledovanii Sotsial'noi Politiki / The Journal of Social Policy Studies, ISSN 1727-0634, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 303-316Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The life course approach and, more specifically, the transition to adulthood have become important fields in social science. The creation of the family unit, finishing one's education, entering the labour market, accessing social security and progressing on the property ladder have all been the focus of systematic inquiries based on different theoretical paradigms that examine the backgrounds, trajectories and destinations of these transitions. This paper reviews debates in the contemporary field of transition research and argues that public policy outputs do not necessarily form coherent normative patterns. Nevertheless, they may provide an important reference framework for norms and expectations. This research has demonstrated systematic class, ethnic and gender differences in biographical pathways, despite the trend towards more deliberate biography construction. It is suggested here that the timing and sequence of the various stages of transition to adulthood depends on the compatibility existing between different life domains, i.e. the various societal and individual, structural and cultural levels. Such compatibility can be achieved by means of public policies that facilitate a "normal" transition through normative prescriptions and resource re-distribution.

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2015. Vol. 13, no 2, p. 303-316
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transition to adulthood, institutional perspective, life course, Europe
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36761ISI: 000378690800018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-36761DiVA, id: diva2:1263778
Available from: 2018-11-16 Created: 2018-11-16 Last updated: 2018-11-19Bibliographically approved

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