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    Grafting, going to college and working on road: youth transitions and cultures in an East London neighbourhood

    Gunter, A. and Watt, Paul (2010) Grafting, going to college and working on road: youth transitions and cultures in an East London neighbourhood. In: MacDonald, R. and Shildrick, T. and Blackman, S. (eds.) Young People, Class and Place. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 515-529. ISBN 9780415567565.

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    The local neighbourhood has an enduring significance for British urban, working-class youth in relation to their transitions, cultures and leisure practices. This paper examines these interrelated issues by drawing upon ethnographic research undertaken in ‘Manor’, a deprived, multi-ethnic East London neighbourhood. It explores the transitions taken by black, white and mixed-parentage young males (and some of their female peers), transitions that were formed by the interaction of paid work opportunities with youth cultures and leisure practices (‘road’ and ‘grafter’ cultures), ethnicity, gender and social networks. Even within a single deprived and stigmatized neighbourhood such as Manor, a number of transitions could be identified. These include ‘grafting’ at manual, masculine ‘dirty work’ in the construction industry; going to college allied to ‘clean’, service-sector work; and an ‘alternative’ route of ‘working on road’ by undertaking a variety of low-level, illegal money-making activities.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): youth culture, transition, social class, ethnicity, gender
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Moving Image, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIMI)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2013 14:47
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:07


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