Maria J. Kefalas and Patrick J. Carr

in Coming of Age in America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780520270923
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950184 | DOI:

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In New York City, skyrocketing housing costs were holding young people back from establishing themselves. More important than the contextual vagaries of housing and rental prices were how fundamental inequalities play out over the course of a young adult's life. It is absolutely apparent that vulnerable populations do not enjoy a trouble-free transition to adulthood. But beyond the special circumstances of youth aging out of foster care, those existing within the criminal justice system, or homeless youth, many others in not so perilous a position find themselves deprived, especially when things go wrong. Remarkably, the young people who come from places of concerned disadvantage, where a criminal record is several times more likely than a college degree, just do not have the collective resources to absorb the body blow of losing a job, dropping out of school, or not being able to make ends meet.

Keywords: inequalities; populations; homeless youth; transition; vagaries

Chapter.  6059 words. 

Subjects: Population and Demography

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