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Selling our Youth: Graduate Stories of Class, Gender and Work in Challenging Times

Waller, Richard; Bradley, Harriet; Bentley, Laura

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Richard Waller Richard.Waller@uwe.ac.uk
Professor of Education and Social Justice

Laura Bentley



Abstract

Selling Our Youth explores how the class origins of recent graduates continue to shape their labour market careers and thus reproduce class privilege and class disadvantage. It shows how class and gender combine to influence these young adults’ opportunities and choices, in an era when this generation has been characterized as the first likely to end up worse off economically than their parents.

The authors draw upon the landmark Paired Peers research project – an empirical longitudinal study of recent graduates in England – to explore their experiences of the contemporary globalized labour market. It demonstrates how many of these young, well qualified adults struggle to achieve stable and rewarding employment in the context of the overstocked graduate supply, precarious work and exploitative working conditions. Government policies of austerity, which were in place when these young people graduated in 2013, meant this generation faced the challenges of a lower wage economy and a housing crisis. The subsequent arrival of Covid-19 and its disastrous impacts on the local and global economy are making these challenges even tougher. The authors further explore the way differences of class and gender impact upon graduate trajectories.

Citation

Waller, R., Bradley, H., & Bentley, L. (2022). Selling our Youth: Graduate Stories of Class, Gender and Work in Challenging Times. Bingley: Emerald

Book Type Monograph
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2022
Online Publication Date Jun 27, 2022
Publication Date Jun 27, 2022
Deposit Date Aug 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 19, 2022
Publisher Emerald
Series Title Great Debates in Higher Education
ISBN 9781801172394
Keywords Graduate employment; social class; gender and work;
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/9879919
Publisher URL https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/selling-our-youth/?k=9781801172394

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This is the author’s accepted manuscript version of their chapter 'Reaching for the top – middle-class men’s stories' from their book 'Selling our Youth: Graduate Stories of Class, Gender and Work in Challenging Times'. The final published version is available here: https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/selling-our-youth/?k=9781801172394







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