Youth in Transition
Housing, Employment, Social Policies and Families in France and Spain
This title was first published in 2002: In recent years there has been a trend among young people across Europe towards remaining longer in their parental homes. Many reasons have been suggested for this change in demographic patterns, but Teresa Jurado Guerrero’s study of France and Spain represents the first in-depth cross-national analysis of this important social and economic issue. The book provides systematic comparisons of living arrangements at cross-national, cross-regional and individual levels and examines the results of two large-scale national surveys. It investigates the relevance of young people’s employment situations, social policies related to youth, national and regional housing markets and family norms, and identifies policy measures which would encourage early home-leaving and family formation. The book exposes the existence and effects of different national and individual strategies surrounding the process of becoming socially independent, and offers unique insights into an issue of key relevance for parents, young people, researchers and policy makers.
Table of Contents
Contents: Comparison of young people’s living arrangements; Becoming an adult in Europe; Leaving home: a macro-micro model; Timing of transactions and context differences; Different strategies of French and Spanish youth; Bringing regional contexts in; Social rights careers into adulthood; Public regulation of youth labour markets; Youth and housing policies; Configurations favouring and hindering nest-leaving; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.
Teresa Jurado Guerrero is Auxiliary Professor in the Department of Social Structure at the Universidad Nacional de EducaciÃ³n a Distancia of Madrid. She studied in Mannheim (Germany), Toulouse (France) and has a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. She co-edited (1999) Gender Inequalities in Southern Europe. Women Work and Welfare in the 1990s.
’This book is a fine example of how to undertake detailed cross-national research. It will be of interest to researchers working on young people’s transition from the parental home, but it should also be read by anyone who is concerned with the larger question of how welfare states shape the life course.’ Professor Richard Breen, European University Institute, Italy ’The high value of this book is based on three accumulative achievements. The topic: for young people’s home-leaving is a core element in family formation and its relation with their transition to employment. The approach: which stresses the decisive influence of public policies on timing and costs of leaving home. The analytic quality: the clarity of the arguments as well as the adequate investigation method lead to solid and convincing results.’ Luis Garrido, CatedrÃ¡tico de SociologÃa, UNED, Madrid '...the book would provide the greatest interest to academics and students of sociology, people living in France and Spain, and anyone wishing to understand more about economics, employment, education, welfare, and housing assistance in these two countries.' Journal of Family Studies