Teenage parenthood and intergenerational transmission of social inequalities
Institute of Sociology University of Lodz Lodz, Poland
The paper will be based on empirical study carried out in Lodz, large de-industrialized city in central Poland, within the framework of a research project named "Strengthening opportunities and weakening transmission of poverty among inhabitants of towns of the Lodz province". The social policy-oriented project is being conducted by the team of researchers from the Institute of Sociology of the University of Lodz with financial support form the European Social Fund. The main project's objective is to support social inclusion in the region of Lodz by producing knowledge on mechanisms of social exclusion and by providing knowledge-based solutions to overcome the exclusion to be implemented by social policy subjects.
The paper will touch on the subject of intergenerational transmission of social inequalities concentrating on one specific group of the excluded, namely teenage parents inhabiting poverty pockets (areas where poverty rate doubles the city average). The analysis will encompass multiple dimensions of exclusion the young people experience and life strategies they undertake in the context of social policy responses to their specific needs and problems. Teenage parents' narratives will be juxtaposed with social workers' stories, supplemented by examination of European, national, regional and local social policy agendas. The expected result of the study and the paper is the formulation of recommendations for social policy agents, aimed at stopping the process of intergenerational inheritance of inequalities.