Examining how youths in fourteen industrialized societies make the transition to adulthood in an era of globalization and rising uncertainty, this collection of essays investigates the impact that institutions working with social groups of youths have upon those youths' abilities to make adult decisions determining their life courses.
Covering both Europe and North America, the book includes case studies, and contains country-specific contributions on conservative, social-democratic, post-socialist, liberal and familistic welfare regimes, as well as data from the GLOBALIFE project.
Filling the gap in the market on the micro effects of globalization on individuals, and taking an empirical approach to the topic, this impressive volume brings the individual and nation-specific institutions back into the discussion on globalization.
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Hans-Peter Blossfeld is the director of the GLOBALIFE program and is the Professor and Chair in Comparative Sociology at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg. He has been Editor of European Sociologiocal Review and is Associate Editor of International Sociology.
Erik Klijzing is the Executive Director of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population in France. He has worked internationally as a population expert including positions with the United Nations.
Melinda Mills is Assistant Professor in the Department of Socio-Cultural Sciences at the Vrije University, Amsterdam. She is the Editor of International Sociology
Karin Kurz is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg. Her research interests include social inequality, social stratification, housing, the labor market and the life course.
Part 1 Introduction 1. Globalization, Uncertainty and the Early Life Course 2. Globalization and the Early Life Course Part 2 Country-Specific Contributions on Conservative Welfare Regimes 3. Case Study Germany 4. Transition From Youth to Adulthood in The Netherlands 5. The Case of France Part 3 Country-Specific Contributions on Social-Democratic Welfare Regimes 6. Transitions to Adult in Sweden 7. Transitions to Adulthood in Norway Part 4 Country-Specific Contributions on Post-Socialist Welfare Regimes 8. The Effects of the Globalization Process on the Transition to Adulthood in Hungary 9. Transition to Adulthood in Estonia Part 5 Country-Specific Contributions on Liberal Welfare Regimes 10. The Process of Globalization and Transition to Adulthood in Britain 11. The Transition to Adulthood in Canada 12. The Case of the American Women Part 6 Country-Specific Contributions on Familistic Welfare Regimes 13. Globalization and the Transition to Adulthood in Mexico 14. Globalization and the Transition to Adulthood in Italy 15. The Spanish Case 16. Ireland and Economic Globalization Part 7 Conclusions and Discussion 17. Becoming an Adult in Uncertain Times
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