Youth in the labour market: citizenship or exclusion?

Herwig Reiter and Gary Craig

in Young people in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304371 | DOI:
Youth in the labour market: citizenship or exclusion?

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This chapter considers how, as welfare benefits are increasingly made conditional upon contributions from work and employment, obvious problems arise for those young people who want to continue their education; are involved in casual, informal, or atypical work; or who are unemployed outright. It explains that this idea neglects the structural constraints operating in the labour market and may backfire by stigmatizing the unemployed. Consequently, the transitions to qualified unemployment have to take place in an environment in which contradictory expectations towards youth prevail. The chapter also describes a number of tensions and contradictions that arise from this paradoxical situation.

Keywords: work; employment; education; unemployment; labour market; youth; welfare benefits

Chapter.  8995 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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