Misrepresenting 'choice biographies'?: A reply to Woodman

Roberts, Steven D. (2010) Misrepresenting 'choice biographies'?: A reply to Woodman. Journal of Youth Studies, 13 (1). pp. 137-149. ISSN 1367-6261. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13676260903233720) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper provides a reply to Woodman's (2009) recent argument that youth studies often incorrectly attribute the concept of 'choice biographies' to the work of Ulrich Beck. Drawing heavily on Beck's own words, this paper contends that youth researchers might not be making this association unduly. Consideration is paid to some conceptual issues outlined by Will Atkinson, which Woodman has not appeared to consider, that challenge Beck's rejection of the relevance of structural analysis. Further, a review of some empirical evidence countering Beck's theory of 'individualization' suggests that 'middle-ground' positions in youth sociology can arguably be justified. Finally, it is proposed that Woodman's defence of Beck is partly a reflection of an alignment of focus between Beck's theoretical repertoire and Woodman's preferred method for understanding the youth period - the concept of generation. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Choice biography, Class, Individualization, Ulrich Beck, Youth transitions
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Medway
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 10:21 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 08:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/39016 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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