Not under conditions of their own choosing: youth transitions, place and history

  • Robert MacDonald (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This paper summarises in toto the thematic findings from 25+ years of our Teesside Studies of Youth Transitions and Social Exclusion. In doing so it charts how young people make transitions to adulthood in times of socio-economic
change, under inauspicious social, economic, political and policy conditions and in a place (Teesside, North East England) that has lasting, severe levels of multiple deprivation. The analysis shows the ineptitude of 'the voodoo
sociology' and weak versions of 'social exclusion' that infect much policy thinking (e.g. that insists the answer lies with 'raising aspirations' or the fragmented, degraded work of the 'gig economy'). Instead, the paper insists on the necessity of a developed analysis of history and geography, the uneven development of late Capitalism and the active processes and decisions that result in the economic marginality of places and populations.
Period11 Apr 2018
Event titleBritish Sociological Association Annual Conference: Identity, Community and Social Solidarity
Event typeConference
LocationNewcastle, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational