Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2018)
Youth transition to employment and marriage in Kashmir: Changing perceptions and attitudes
Author(s): Munir Ahmad Dar
Abstract: In recent years there has been a growing interest in the study of youth transitions. National and international studies have analyzes the role of structure and agency factors in shaping the youth transition. Using the field survey and census data on Kashmiri youths aged 15–29, this study illustrates the processes through which Kashmiri youths make transitions to adulthood along with their life course, focusing on four transition markers-school enrollment, labor force participation, marriage, and the establishment of an independent household. Specifically, the article explores the aspirations, attitudes and perceptions of young men and women for work and marriage and their ability to achieve their transitions to adulthood. I examine how these statuses change with age, with an explicit focus on gender differences. The investigation reveals the significance of educational attainment for transitions to adulthood among Kashmiri youths and also substantial gender and locality differences in the transition process.