Transitions are the passages between different life phases. Trajectories refer to the structural pathways which are based on social and labour market structures and institutionalised by education and public policies (see also transition regimes). This distinction corresponds to the related concepts of biography and life course.
In the course of societal modernisation, these status passages have become de-standardised. They are reversible, fragmented, individualised and marked by an increasing discrepancy between biographical transitions and institutionalised trajectories. The metaphor of ‘yo-yo-transitions’ refers to young men and women who feel themselves somewhere between youth and adulthood. (AW)
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