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Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty

Jennifer M. Silva


Traditional markers of adulthood have become increasingly delayed, disorderly, reversible, or even forgone in the latter half of the twentieth century. This book draws upon 100 interviews with working-class men and women in their twenties to early thirties to investigate the changing meanings and practices of adulthood. Looked at through the eyes of young working-class men and women, the transition to adulthood emerges as a very grim picture, one characterized by economic instability, precarious employment, uncertainty surrounding marriage and family, and deepening inequality. Working-class yo ... More

Keywords: transition to adulthood, working class, inequality, culture, gender, race, risk, uncertainty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199931460
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer M. Silva, author
Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University