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Psykhe (Santiago)

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GARABITO, Gustavo. The Experience of Labor Insertion in Young Workers in Azcapotzalco, Mexico City. Psykhe [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.2, pp.21-33. ISSN 0718-2228.

The article discusses the relationship between work, family, and youth space in young Mexican workers during their first employment experiences in the context of the current manufacturing crisis. With a qualitative methodology, semistructured interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of 18 young workers from Azcapotzalco (8 women and 10 men between 14 and 29 years old), whose narratives were analyzed considering the fields that make up their experience of factory work. Among the most important findings, it highlights how youth workers build their career path based on transition processes differentiated by gender. In males, starting work on a factory immediately after leaving school, the birth of the first child, and forming a family constitute rites of passage where work prevails over school. For women, entering factory work is a result of the birth of the first child and the consequent drop out from school, which truncates their aspiration of pursuing professional studies.

Palabras clave : young; labor insertion; experience; work; Mexico.

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