Setting the Scene

  • Rosalyn BlackEmail author
  • Lucas Walsh
Part of the Perspectives on Children and Young People book series (PCYP, volume 9)


Despite the reference to the neologism of ant tribes, which refers to low-income university graduates living a poverty-level existence in the cities of China, warnings such as this have resounded in the public, policy and scholarly fields for many years now. Concerns about young people’s ‘mortgaged futures’ (Kelly 2017, p. 57) were amplified in the wake of the GFC, with its grim immediate and downstream effects on young people’s labour market participation, as well as on their life chances beyond that. They are now accelerating again in response to the kinds of uncertainties which we have described in the Introduction and which include mutable and precarious labour markets; strained or reformed social fabrics; unsettled economic presents and prospects; deepened inequality and threats to social justice and cohesion; the destabilisation of political orthodoxies; environmental and planetary change; and a deep challenge to the certainties of human life.


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  1. 1.School of EducationDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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