Inventing adulthoods is a ground-breaking book that offers a new approach to understanding young people's lives and their transitions to adulthood. Contrary to policy and research approaches that often see young people's lives in a fragmented way, this book argues that a biographical approach to youth is vital to capture the holistic and dynamic character of young lives. Based on a study of a diverse group of 100 young people over a ten year period, Inventing Adulthoods shows how the interplay of chance, choice and opportunity can shape their lives.
The book explores a number of high profile policy issues such as: education; employment; chemical cultures; cultures of violence; and well-being, but also considers the significance of those things that mean most to young people themselves: mobility; home; belonging; intimacy; and sociality.
PART ONE: THEORIZING TRANSIONS TO ADULTHOOD Introduction Time, Place and Method Inventing Adulthoods Resources and Resourcefulness PART TWO: FROM PUBLIC AGENDAS TO JOINED UP LIVES Education Work Cultures of Violence Chemical Cultures Well-Being PART THREE: BIOGRAPHICAL PROJECTS AND THE REMAKING OF INEQUALITY Mobility Belonging Home Intimacy Sociality Conclusion Looking to the Future
I have research interests in youth, education, families, intimacy, feminist theory and methodology, and qualitative longitudinal methods, and publish in these areas. Currently Co-Director of Timescapes, an ESRC funded 5 year qualitative longitudinal study with seven projects covering the life course located in five UK universities (Leeds (lead, Director Bren Neale), LSBU, Cardiff, Edinburgh and The Open University). Also have an archiving project in this study with colleagues, Making the Long View, archiving data from a 10 year qualitative longitudinal study of youth transitions, Inventing Adulthoods. See too www.timescapes.leeds.ac.uk; www.lsbu.ac.uk/inventingadulthoods.