Beyond the 'transitions' metaphor: Family relations and young people in late modernity

Wyn, Johanna, Lantz, Sarah and Harris, Anita (2012) Beyond the 'transitions' metaphor: Family relations and young people in late modernity. Journal of Sociology, 48 1: 3-22. doi:10.1177/1440783311408971

Author Wyn, Johanna
Lantz, Sarah
Harris, Anita
Title Beyond the 'transitions' metaphor: Family relations and young people in late modernity
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2012
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783311408971
Volume 48
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 22
Total pages 20
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Subject 3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract Against the backdrop of an emerging literature about significant change in family formation in late modernity, this article argues that youth studies over the last 20 years has tended to ignore the significance of family relationships to young people. It critiques the traditional youth-as-transition metaphor that dominates youth sociology, arguing that the assumptions of linear trajectories and of independence obscure the changing nature of family relationships and their significance for youth. Drawing on empirical evidence from a study of Australian youth aged 15-18, this article highlights the significance of family as a site for civic and citizenship enactments. It also highlights young people's understandings of inter-dependence within a family context, as they contemplate the complexity of transitions in late modern life. The article concludes that it is timely to bring family back into focus in youth studies.
Keyword Citizenship
Young people
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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