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Youth unemployment and social exclusion in EuropeA comparative study$
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Torild Hammer

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343680

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343680.001.0001

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Unemployment, integration and marginalisation: a comparative perspective on 18- to 24-year-olds in Finland, Sweden, Scotland and Spain

Unemployment, integration and marginalisation: a comparative perspective on 18- to 24-year-olds in Finland, Sweden, Scotland and Spain

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(p.29) Three Unemployment, integration and marginalisation: a comparative perspective on 18- to 24-year-olds in Finland, Sweden, Scotland and Spain
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Youth unemployment and social exclusion in Europe
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Andy Furlong

Fred Cartmel

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343680.003.0003

This chapter states that unemployment is associated with social exclusion among young people. It starts by presenting the concept of social exclusion. It then investigates the structural differences in experiences of unemployment in Finland, Sweden, Scotland and Spain, highlighting routes out of unemployment and emerging patterns of marginalisation. Finally, variations in subjective responses to unemployment are examined and the significance of factors that mediate the relationship between structures of unemployment and subjective experiences which therefore serve to reduce the likelihood of social exclusion is explored. The experience of unemployment can lead to general dissatisfaction with life. It was in Scotland where young people appeared to suffer the most from the experience of unemployment. The ability to maintain high levels of life satisfaction despite enduring prolonged unemployment would seem to be dependent on an equilibrium between the different dimensions of the unemployment experience.

Keywords:   unemployment, social exclusion, Finland, Sweden, Scotland, Spain, marginalisation

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