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The Boomerang Age: Transitions to Adulthood in Families
The Boomerang Age: Transitions to Adulthood in Families Barbara Mitchell 0202308383 9780202308388 Domestic changes are taking place in the lives of young adults in Western industrialized societies. Todays young people often experience less permanency
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The Boomerang Age: Transitions to Adulthood in Families by Barbara Mitchell

Domestic changes are taking place in the lives of young adults in Western industrialized societies. Todays young people often experience less permanency and more movement in a variety of family-related roles, statuses, and living arrangements. Among the most prominent changes is the phenomenon of boomerang kids, young adults returning to the parental home after their initial entrance into the adult world. The Boomerang Age, explores the implications of this development in a changing sociocultural, economic, and demographic landscape. Mitchell begins by addressing definitional, conceptual, and measurement issues relevant to the boomerang age. She then places the issues in historical perspective by considering trends in family organization--the nuclear family, marriage and divorce rates and fertility--over the past hundred years with emphasis on the 1950s family as a cultural benchmark, evaluating the issues by means of cross-cultural comparisons. The book then turns to the contemporary trajectory of home leaving and returning, analyzing the launch and return phases with regard to economic factors, regional differences, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Mitchell then explores the more personal dimensions of how a return to the family is complicated by partnership (marriage, divorce, cohabitation, homosexuality) and parenthood among young couples. Moving outside the home, she looks at how public issues such as globalization, the decline of the welfare state, and various forms of social inequality affect the circumstances of young adulthood. Here Mitchell offers specific social policy recommendations pertaining to education, housing and dependency issues, childcare, and gender andracial equality. The book concludes by critically evaluating the advantages and drawbacks of two possible future scenarios: increased individualization in the pursuit of social goals, or a more or less permanent return to the traditional, extended family. The theoretical contributions and empirically based research presented in The Boomerang Age will provide key knowledge on historical and contemporary youth transitions in an international perspective.

Author: Barbara Mitchell

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 230

Publisher: Aldine Transaction

Publication Date: 2005-11-07

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ISBN: 0202308383


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