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Ultima década

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RAUSKY, María Eugenia. Young or adults?: A study of transitions from childhood in poor urban areas. Ultima décad. [online]. 2014, vol.22, n.41, pp.11-40. ISSN 0718-2236.

In this article we study how transitions occur from childhood in poor urban areas. Recognizing that the study of transitions has been focused on two age groups, on one hand, the analysis of the transition from youth to adulthood and on the other, from adulthood to old age (Blanco, 2001), we have found a gap in the studies of transitions from childhood in Latin American. Considering this, in this work we study what characteristics assume the same in poor areas. Also, changes and continuities in the vital trajectories (work, education and marriage) of a group of former children -interviewed during 2004 and 2008 and interviewed again in 2013- are analyzed. Today, they are young and live in the city of La Plata/Buenos Aires. It aims to recognize the particularities assume transitions from childhood in areas affected by structural poverty, inequality and job insecurity: Under what circumstances are those who viewed spend their childhood in a doubly disadvantaged, because of their poor condition and child workers? What events show the transitions from childhood? How this transition is experienced? What particularities does it have? is a direct passage from childhood to adulthood developed? or is it possible to consider youth as a shorter period in life of those who live in poor conditions? This work takes the life course approach -which considers that transitions are especially vulnerable periods in the life experience of individuals- and uses a qualitative methodological strategy based on prospective diachronic information.

Palabras clave : life course; transitions; childhood; youth.

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