Opportunity structures and educational marginality: the post-16 transitions of young people outside education and employment

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Author: Thompson, Ron


This paper reports on findings from a three-year ethnographic study of 24 young people in northern England who were classified as not in education, employment or training (NEET), or at risk of becoming so. Drawing on conceptions of opportunity structure and educational marginality, the paper discusses the processes leading to young people becoming NEET after leaving school. It presents findings concerning the family backgrounds, school experiences, and educational attainment of participants, and traces their initial post-16 destinations and their pathways to NEET status. Although most...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Youth; Participation; Disadvantaged; Outcomes; Employment

Keywords: Youth at risk; Youth transitions; Dropout; Academic achievement; Employment opportunity; Education and training opportunity; Relevance of education and training; Access to education and training; Socioeconomic background; Educationally disadvantaged; Transition from education and training to employment; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: England; Great Britain; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 43

Journal number: 6

Journal date: December 2017

Pages: pp. 749-766

ISSN: 0305-4985, 1465-3915 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 130.558

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