9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN30 Youth and Generation

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Youth, Risk and Poverty Building II, Auditório B2.03

Recurrent Poverty: understanding young adults transitions into and out of poverty

This paper is based on longitudinal data which is being collected as part of a Joseph Rowntree funded project on recurrent poverty. "Two Steps Forward, Two Back: Understanding recurrent poverty" is a qualitative project which investigates experiences of recurrent poverty - how people move in and out of poverty over the life course - holistically and within a wider consideration of experiences of multiple and cumulative hardships. As part of the project we have re-interviewed thirty young adults who were previously included in a series of UK, Teesside based youth transitions studies. These young adults are now aged over thirty and have been interviewed several times over a ten year period. This data gives us a relatively unusual and fascinating qualitative, longer term picture of young adult's transitions as they move beyond the traditional period associated with youth. In our previous studies, in general, young adults' biographies were characterised by economic marginalisation and multiple hardships. This paper explores similarities and differences across these young people's lives and biographies over time. For some, their lives continue to be characterised by poverty and multiple hardships, whilst others have managed to move up and away from these experiences.