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    Crisis, recession and social resilience: a biographical life course analysis

    Gray, Jane and Dagg, Jennifer (2019) Crisis, recession and social resilience: a biographical life course analysis. Advances in Life Course Research, 42 (100293). ISSN 1040-2608

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    This article examines social resilience to the economic crisis and recession across three ‘generational cohorts’ of Irish people, using a mixed biographical life course approach. Drawing on narrative interviews and individual lifelines conducted as part of a cross-national European study, we describe and explain how age-differentiated lives and times intersected with ill-timed transitions and patterns of inter-generational relations, leading to variations in resilient future orientations. Our analysis yields three key findings. First, failed expectations for intra-generational social mobility, combined with inter-generational obligations, gave rise to negative future orientations amongst those in mid-life. Second, the crisis created multiple negative life changes that compounded the accumulated costs of poorly timed transitions and adverse experiences within biographies. The effect of this varied by generational cohort, life course stage (with its implications for inter-generational obligations), gender and social class. Third, both life course stage and biographical experience affected peoples’ orientations towards the future, with implications for their resilience.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the accepted manuscript of the published article, which is available at Gray, J., & Dagg, J. (2020, April 30). Crisis, recession and social resilience: a biographical life course analysis. This version is published under a CC-By Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license with the doi: 10.31235/
    Keywords: Crisis; Recession; Social Resilience; Biographical Life Course; Analysis;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 13205
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    Depositing User: Jane Gray
    Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2020 14:48
    Journal or Publication Title: Advances in Life Course Research
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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