Since the second half of the twentieth century, life in advanced societies has been individualized, with the individual seen as the architect of his or her own life, creating his or her own destiny, and with the future being the result of personal choices, preferences and capacities. This view is not uncontested, though, as many continue to stress the importance of the social, cultural and economic origins of individuals in understanding life course choices. The central question of this paper is to what extent the socio-economic origin of adolescents influences their expectations about their future life course, in the domains both of work and education, and in their family life. This question is studied using a data set in which 60 schools throughout the Netherlands have participated. More than 1,500 adolescents, aged 14–17 years, were interviewed about their future plans, expectations and life ambitions. In addition, their parents were questioned on the future plans of their child.
|Publication status||Published - 2012|