Ethnicized Youth Subcultures and “Informal Learning” in Transitions to Work

  • Vitor Sérgio FerreiraEmail author
  • Axel Pohl


Young people who or whose parents have moved to another country are one of the key topics in debates around educational achievement, labour market integration and integration into European societies at large. While one strand of research and public debate focuses on these groups under the angle of the assumed threat to social cohesion and regards primarily young males as potential perpetrators, other strands stress the continuing inequality facing racialized and ethnisized groups especially in the education system and the labour market. While the first perspective in tendency interprets cultural or “ethnic” identities as a factor of self-exclusion, the latter often tends to over-emphasize structural aspects where young people’s ways of coping are seen as simple reflections to imposed disadvantageous situations. This chapter tries to develop an agency perspective on young people’s transitions which avoids these shortcuts by discussing the potentials of young people’s subcultures.


Young People Ethnic Identity Migrant Background Life World Music Rapper 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal
  2. 2.Institute for Regional Innovation and Social Research (IRIS e.V.)TübingenGermany

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