The conditions and the state of young adults in contemporary societies are closely connected to such common social challenges as ageing of population, declining fertility, changing family structures and gender relations, and also to structural issues like the viability of economies and welfare arrangements. Our project emphasises the structural aspects of young adults’ conditions and the effects of different welfare state policies.
The project provides a detailed analysis of the structural aspects of the state and conditions of young adults in seven European societies representing different political and economic histories, religious and ideological backgrounds and different welfare state types – Finland, France, Germany (East and West), Hungary, Poland, Spain and Sweden. Focusing on young adults and their conditions offers a perspective to analyse and compare different European societies providing in-depth knowledge not only of young adults but also of differences and similarities between European states with different pasts and with common future as European Union Member States.
The comparative research project (a) analyses and compares structural aspects of the conditions of young adults in Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Spain and Sweden and to compare the case countries to European Union average, (b) analyses differences and similarities of the transition from youth to adulthood in the given countries focusing on education, work and family from 1990 till the early 21st century and (c) examines whether and to what extent the process of European integration affects social trends in the given societies and circumstances within which young adults live. These objectives are common to the sub-studies although the studies strive for them from different points of view making most of each researcher’s expertise.
The project applies the methodological approach of case-oriented comparative study making use of diverse data composed of socio-demographic statistics (Eurostat, the OECD, the UN, the ILO), of highly comparable surveys (ISSP, ESS, WVS, Eurobarometers), of context specific literature, reports and national statistics and surveys, and documents, reports and recommendations of European Commission and other bodies of the EU. In addition, a small qualitative interview data among French and Finnish young adults aged 25-30 will be collected.
Most important publications:
Mary, Aurélie (2012) The Illusion of the Prolongation of Youth. Transition to adulthood among Finnish and French female university students. Tampere: Nuorisotutkimusseura and Tampere University Press.
Oinonen, Eriikka (2010) Oinonen, Eriikka (2010) La formación de la familia en el proceso de transición a la vida adulta en España y Finlandia, in Almudena Moreno Mínguez (ed.) Revista de Estudios de Juventud no 90: Juventud y familia desde una perspectiva comparada europea, Instituto de la Juventud - INJUVE, Madrid: 83-102.
Mary, Aurélie (2008) Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Analysing Youth Transition to Adulthood in Finland and in France in Irmeli Järventie and Miia Lähde (eds.) Methodological Challenges in Childhood and Family Research , Tampere University Press, Childhood and Family Research Unit Net Series; 4/2008: http://tampub.uta.fi/childhood/978-951-44-7585-6.pdf
Alestalo, Matti (2007) ‘Rakennemuutokset ja sukupolvet’, Yhteiskuntapolitiikka 72:2, 146-57.
Oinonen, Eriikka & Alestalo, Matti (2006) Aikuisuuteen siirtyminen Euroopassa – vertailevan tutkimuksen metodologisia ongelmia in I. Järventie, M. Lähde & J. Paavonen (toim.) Lapsuus ja kasvuympäristöt – tutkimuksen kuvia. Helsinki, Yliopistopaino Oy, s. 194-219.
Mary, Aurélie (2006) The emergence of a new developmental stage: ‘Twenhood’ in Atte Oksanen, Eija Paavilainen and Tarja Pösö (eds.), Comparing Children, Families and Risks, Tampere University Press, Childhood and Family Research Unit Net Series, Tampere 2/2006: http://tampub.uta.fi/childhood/951-44-6654-3.pdf
Mary, Aurélie (2012) The Illusion of the Prolongation of Youth. Transition to adulthood among Finnish and French female university students. Tampere: Nuorisotutkimusseura and Tampere University Press. Doctoral thesis.
Nurmenniemi, Jenni (2010) Negotiating Uncertainty: Finnish female university students’ experiences on transition from education to work. University of Tampere. Masters’ thesis.