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Making the most of what you've got: Resources, values and inequalities in young people's transitions to adulthood

Thomson, Rachel; Henderson, Sheila and Holland, Janet (2003). Making the most of what you've got: Resources, values and inequalities in young people's transitions to adulthood. Educational Review, 55(1) pp. 33–46.

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Based on an analysis of longitudinal, qualitative data from three biographical interviews carried out over a three-year period with approximately 100 young people, and informed by relevant theoretical approaches around notions of social capital, we examine the relationship between the resources young people have available to them and their resourcefulness in drawing upon these to forge their futures. To analyse the relationship between individual resources and the wider social context we use three case studies of young women from the most socially deprived or excluded of five research sites, at the transition from compulsory schooling. We suggest that 'success' and its costs are mediated through forms of lived femininity that have currency within local economies of value. We consider how our insights might contribute to debates on social capital, and draw some tentative conclusions about wider policy discussions that are centred on uncritical understandings of 'success'.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2003 Routledge
ISSN: 0013-1911
Keywords: Social capital; Sociology; interviewing; resourcefulness; Psychology of young adults
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 19637
Depositing User: Katy Gagg
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2010 11:11
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2012 08:58
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