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Frozen transitions to adulthood of young people in Slovenia?

Author(s): Kuhar Metka | Reiter Herwig

Journal: Sociologija
ISSN 0038-0318

Volume: 54;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 211;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: young people | transitions | Slovenia

This article reviews key-indicators of youth transitions in Slovenia over the last decades and highlights some of the inherent tensions. Against the background of the metaphor of ‘frozen transitions’, which tries to grasp some of the contradictions between the speed of societal change and the stagnating development of youth towards independence, the article describes and reflects the development of youth transitions in the three domains of employment, housing and parenthood. The basis is a selection of indicators available in international data sets and surveys that allow to trace the change at least over the last two decades after the breakdown of Yugoslavia. Our findings indicate that transitions in Slovenia are frozen in all three domains, which challenges the usefulness of the conventional life course framework for studying post-communist contexts.
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