In the anthology Youth on the Move: Tendencies and Tensions in Youth Policies and Practices, the authors investigate one of the most urgent social problems today: ‘… the extended and uncertain transitions from school to work and higher education, and how they shape the interests of young adults, including those outside of education and work’ (p. 1). Combating youth unemployment and youth poverty through strategies and measures to manage youth transitions are issues high on local, national and supranational policy agendas, and the book critically examines this ‘transition machinery’, with a special focus on young adults not in employment, education or training (NEET). This is done by combining perspectives from policies and practices with those of young people themselves. The book argues that when young adults’ unemployment and poverty are treated as individual deficiencies on the part of the young adults, measures also become individualistic and place responsibility and agency on the young adults rather than on social and formal structures and conditions for young adult lives and transitions. Hence, one of the key arguments in the book is that ‘… by focusing on the ways in which subjectivities of young people are constructed by policymakers, professionals such as teachers and youth workers, academic researchers, and young people themselves, some ideas and assumptions of problematic transition and their taken-for-granted “good intentions” could be challenged’ (p. 7).
|Article number||vol 10, no. 2|
|Journal||Nordic Journal of Vocational Education and Training|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Jul 2020|