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Intergenerational Transmission of Resources and Values in Times of Crisis: Shifts in Young Adults’ Employment and Education in Greece

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In this chapter we analyze the intergenerational transmission of resources and values within the family and how this relates to young adults’ education and employment trajectories in Greece. To this end, a series of semi-structured biographical interviews were conducted to cover the educational and work experience of young adults in Greece, as well as their relations with their parents and grandparents. The chapter begins with a description of the research methodology. Then we discuss our findings in the Greek context by appealing to socio-economic analyses. The element that stands out is that family matters. However, the economic crisis of the past decade has undeniably impacted the employability of young adults, their school-to-work transition and the role of the family. Our findings suggest that young adults in Greece may already be reacting to the changes imposed by the current crises by inducing them to explore possibilities and shape new ways of economic production and social reproduction. The question is whether these new ways can ensure young people’s employability, economic self-sufficiency and well-being at the individual and collective levels, or merely reproduce past “visions and divisions” of society, leading to social unrest and political instability. We discuss this issue in our concluding section.

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Christoforou, A., Makantasi, E., Pierrakakis, K., Tsakloglou, P. (2021). Intergenerational Transmission of Resources and Values in Times of Crisis: Shifts in Young Adults’ Employment and Education in Greece. In: Tosun, J., Pauknerová, D., Kittel, B. (eds) Intergenerational Transmission and Economic Self-Sufficiency. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-17498-9_10

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