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Becoming and Being a Young Parent: Family Careers in Poor Neighbourhoods

  • Robert MacDonald
  • Jane Marsh

Abstract

Processes of family formation hold a particularly important, contested place in debates about the underclass and policies on social exclusion (Murray, 1994, 2000; Social Exclusion Unit, 1998b; Duncan and Edwards, 1999). Whilst underclass perspectives point to the alleged cultural reproduction of troublesome, benefit-dependent families, government policy targeting of, for instance, teenage mothers emphasises the social inequalities said to accrue to them and, later, to their offspring (Hobcraft,1998; Hobcraft and Kiernan, 1999; Arai, 2003; ISER, 2004).

Keywords

Young People Social Capital Social Exclusion Poor Neighbourhood Young Parent 
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Copyright information

© Robert MacDonald and Jane Marsh 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert MacDonald
    • 1
  • Jane Marsh
  1. 1.University of TeessideUK

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