The project explores the impact of history, memory, social and economic change on lives of young people residing in the towns of Redruth and Camborne, Cornwall and Liepaja, Latvia. The project reflects a global process of de-industrialisation — a historical shift from production to services that has started in Europe in the second half of the 20th century.
The closing of factories and mines has had a deep effect on workers, their families and entire towns. However, not only downsized workers have been asking questions about their future – the transition to a post-industrial society has greatly changed the lives of the younger generation too. Many new opportunities for young people have appeared in the post-industrial era, which in turn has brought new risks.
The path to adulthood has become longer, more varied, less predictable and clear. This have given rise to feelings of insecurity, stress, discomfort and hinders the formation of an adult identity. Economic changes have affected the labour market for young people, education and recreation, relationships with family and friends. Lifestyle of today's youth is very different from how their parents have lived. Today, 100 million young Europeans between the ages of 15 and 29 are trying to find themselves, are looking for a job, a way out of the crisis and the place to live.
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