Guerrilla selfhood : imagining young people's entrepreneurial futures

Howie, Luke and Campbell, Perri 2016, Guerrilla selfhood : imagining young people's entrepreneurial futures, Journal of youth studies, vol. 19, no. 7, pp. 906-920, doi: 10.1080/13676261.2015.1123236.

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Title Guerrilla selfhood : imagining young people's entrepreneurial futures
Author(s) Howie, Luke
Campbell, Perri
Journal name Journal of youth studies
Volume number 19
Issue number 7
Start page 906
End page 920
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1367-6261
Keyword(s) entrepreneurial self
youth at risk
guerrilla self
Summary In this paper, we argue that complex forms of selfhood emerge in relation to rapid economic and social changes unfolding in the early stages of the twenty-first century. We draw on literature that explores youth at risk, entrepreneurial selfhood and neoliberalism to argue that young people are developing modes of transition that allow them to acclimatise to economic and social insecurity. It is an insecurity borne of a paradoxical reliance on, and failure of, neoliberal forms of economics and society. In the context of a post-Global Financial Crisis (post-GFC) world, we explore how young people take responsibility for their uncertain futures. Via our critique of how young people are supposed to manage their lives from education to employment, we argue that a form of selfhood emerges as they are challenged by limited education and employment opportunities. We call this selfhood the guerrilla self. We use this term to designate types of identity that require participation through resistance, institutionalisation through the appearance of not being institutionalised, and individualism in the midst of a failure of individualism. In making this case, we draw on stories told by young people in the USA planning for a future in a post-GFC world.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13676261.2015.1123236
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
1608 Sociology
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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