Risking a New Underclass: young Australians, broken transitions and the pandemic

Dawes, Glenn, and Broadfield, Kirstie (2021) Risking a New Underclass: young Australians, broken transitions and the pandemic. In: Bozkurt, Veysel, Dawes, Glenn, Gulerce, Hakan, and Westenbroek, Patricia, (eds.) The Societal Impacts of Covid-19: a transnational perspective. Istanbul University Press, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 17-28.

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From a sociological perspective the period of adolescence has traditionally focused on young people as risk takers as well as being more vulnerable to risks, particularly as they negotiate the transition to adult status. In Australia, many youth are now confronted with a different world from their parents with regards to less certainty about entering the labour market, greater dependence on their families and less opportunity to purchase a home. The challenges associated with transitioning to adulthood are now more problematic and individualized for some young people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is argued that the current situation has disrupted the transition to adult status and now threatens to produce a new underclass of youth due to high levels of unemployment, underemployment and negative impacts on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the challenges for government and community in producing a response to this problem to reduce the risk of a cohort of youth becoming a new underclass in Australian society.

Item ID: 69648
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-605-07-0769-4
Keywords: Youth, pandemic, mental health, precarious employment, risk
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Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2022 05:22
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441004 Social change @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441012 Sociology of inequalities @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441011 Sociology of health @ 20%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200406 Health protection and disaster response @ 40%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1399 Other culture and society > 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified @ 60%
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