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How Does Globalization Affect the Life Courses of Young Men and Women in Modern Societies?

  • Hans-Peter BlossfeldEmail author
  • Melinda Mills
Conference paper

Abstract

Young people in industrialized nations have experienced significant changes in the transition to adulthood in past decades. Globalization, via (1) the internationalization and importance of markets, (2) intensified competition, (3) accelerated spread of networks and knowledge through new technologies, and (4) the increasing dependence on random shocks, has transformed the transition to adulthood. The purpose of this paper is to inquire to which extent these changes have influenced young people’s ability to establish themselves as independent adults when making the transition from school to work, to form partnerships, and to become parents. Has globalization produced a fundamental shift in youth behavior as they cope with increasing uncertainty about the future? How do different domestic institutions filter these transformations?

Keywords

Labor Market Family Formation Full Employment Labor Market Policy Welfare Regime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Soziologie 1Otto-Friedrich-Universität BambergBambergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Sociology/ICSUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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