Poor Transitions

Social Exclusion and Young Adults

Colin Webster, Donald Simpson, Robert MacDonald, Andrea Abbas, Mark Cieslik, Tracy Shildrick, and Mark Simpson

Poor Transitions
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Colin Webster, Donald Simpson, Robert MacDonald, Andrea Abbas, Mark Cieslik, Tracy Shildrick, and Mark Simpson

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

56 pages | 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 | © 2004
Paper $23.95 ISBN: 9781861346506 Published December 2004 For sale in North and South America only
This report provides a detailed picture of the processes that shape 'poor transitions'. The authors argue that understanding social exclusion and devising effective policies to reduce it requires immersion in the experiences of the socially excluded. Specifically, the report charts the longer-term transitions and outcomes of young adults who had grown up in a context of social exclusion as they reached their mid- to late-twenties; aids understanding of the key influences on social inclusion and exclusion for this age group; examines the young adults' extended participation in education, training and employment, their experiences of family life, and criminal and drug-using careers and draws out the implications for policy and practice interventions. Poor transitions is aimed at academics, policy makers, practitioners and general readers interested in an in-depth account of the biographical experiences of the socially excluded.
Executive summary

1. Introduction
    ‘Miserable measures’: a profile of deprived neighbourhoods
    Social exclusion and extended youth transitions
    Research aims
    Research methodology
2. Continuity and change in the extended transitions of socially excluded young adults
    The ‘education, training and employment’ sub-sample
    The ‘family’ sub-sample
    The ‘criminal and/or drug-using’ sub-sample
3. Broader experiences of extended transitions
    The persistence of poverty
    Leaving home and social housing
    Leisure careers: making the most of ‘staying in’
    Social networks: strong bonds but weak bridges
    ‘Critical moments’: the unpredictable consequences of bereavement and ill-health
4. Summary and conclusions
    Continuity and change in extended transitions
    Social exclusion, poverty and social networks
    De-industrialisation and the intergenerational experience of family disadvantage
    Learning from more successful transitions?
5. Implications for policy
    The cause and effects of social exclusion
    Principles and practice for tackling social exclusion
    Extended, holistic and ‘joined-up’ policy or ‘employability’?
    Area regeneration, social integration and the redistribution of wealth
6. Policy conclusions

Appendix: cross-sectional profile of the achieved sample
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