School-to-work transition of the second generation of Chinese rural-to-urban migrant workers
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AbstractGrowing up in an era with rapid development of globalization, informatization, industrialization and urbanization in China, the second-generation of migrant workers are now living in an unpredictable life pattern and must make plenty of life choices during their school-to-work transition. Their transitional outcomes tend to be individualized, there are distinct differences in the life adjustment and work environment among this population of similar age. To explain the causes of such differences, earlier researches have emphasized the importance of social structural factors, while the influence of human agency factors has not been adequately discussed. This research aims to explain transitional differences through the perspective of identity capital theory, which offers a frame to consider the role of both social structural and agency factors in shaping the process of school-to-work transition of Chinese young migrant workers.
Following the interpretivist paradigm, this qualitative research adopts the interview method to explore and understand the perception of young migrant workers about their school-to-work transition. Based on stories about decision-making in their perceived meaningful life events, this research would analyze their perception of identity capital resources, including intangible and tangible resources; their strategies of impression management, especially the awareness of self-importance; and how free they could exercise agency under the structural obstacles restraining agency.
This is an on-going research with some initial findings from several interviews. Difference transitional outcome can be understood through the possession and deployment of identity capital resources. Young migrant worker who is experiencing a comparatively smooth transition-which refers to satisfactory current situation and potential-is aware of career opportunity, holds optimistic life attitude and knows how to deal with stress. This research tries to conclude a pattern of optimal transition about Chinese young migrant workers, and the relevant findings would empower them knowledge about how to make life choices achieving the person-context fit.
All Author(s) ListWU Xuan, TO Siu-ming
Name of Conference2018 Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association International Conference
Start Date of Conference20/06/2018
End Date of Conference21/06/2018
Place of ConferenceHue
Country/Region of ConferenceVietnam
Year2018
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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