Turning Points during Transitions to Adulthood – the Descendants of Immigrants in Germany
In our paper, we focus on turning points during the transition to adulthood. Turning points are sequences in a life course during which paths are redirected. Our focus lies on early adolescence and young adulthood, since turning points often occur during early adolescence and continue into young adulthood. We ask how do turning points unfold, and what role do they play in upward or downward social mobility? What experiences during childhood and adolescence influence how turning points unfold? What factors shape potential turning points during the transition to adulthood? In our analysis, we track influential factors such as institutional structures, family and kin relations, peer networks, and individual agency to understand how they shape turning points and thus influence educational and labor market trajectories.