In an age when for the first time the next generation are facing worse prospects than those of their parents, this book examines the challenges that young people are facing as a result of the widespread social, economic and political instabilities across Europe today. Based on a comparison of contemporary labour markets in England and Germany, this book explores the impact of factors such as mass migration, rising nationalism, right-wing movements and ever-accelerating technological change for young people and provides a pragmatic blueprint for the transition systems, skills and resources that young people require for a prosperous future.
John Bynner is Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences in Education in the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the UCL Institute of Education London.
Walter R. Heinz is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Psychology and Senior Faculty member of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Bremen.
Introduction: Pathways to adulthood
Social structure and inequality
Identity and social media
Youth and Europe
Navigating the transition to adulthood
Education, capability, and skills
Smart families and community
Political participation, mobilisation, and the internet
Conclusion: Youth policy challenges