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Aspirations of Young Adults in Urban Asia: Values, Family, and Identity

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Aspirations of Young Adults in Urban Asia

Values, Family, and Identity

Edited by Mariske Westendorp, Désirée Remmert and Kenneth Finis

222 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-895-5 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (October 2020)

ISBN  978-1-80539-147-0 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (January 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-562-1 eBook

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“This collection of essays presents anthropologists' ethnographic research on young adults' aspirations primarily in East and Southeast Asia. The editors helpfully contextualize these studies within the broader realm of aspirations research…This work will be of greatest interest to students and scholars of anthropology and aspirations research, and to a secondary audience among those working in Asian studies.” • Choice

“The ethnographic chapters of this book, exploring the aspirations of young adults in various Asian societies, are generally quite perceptive and well-written—this book is fun to read”. • Gordon Mathews, Chinese University of Hong Kong

“This volume is rich in valuable ethnographic evidence. Each author introduces a valid research perspective that opens meaningful themes of inquiry”. • Gil Hizi, University of Sydney


Comparing first-person ethnographic accounts of young people living, working, and creating relationships in cities across Asia, this volume explores their contemporary lives, pressures, ideals, and aspirations. Delving into topical issues such as education, social inequality, family pressures, changing values, precarious employment, and political discontent, the book explores how young people are pushing boundaries and imagining their future. In this way, they explore and create the identities of their local and global surroundings.

Mariske Westendorp is an anthropologist and religious studies scholar having lectured in the past at institutions such as the University of Nijmegen and the University of Utrecht. She is currently a postdoc at the University of Groningen in a research project on death and diversity.

Désirée Remmert obtained her PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK. Afterwards she conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Tübingen in Germany, Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and at the LSE, UK. Desiree has researched on personal autonomy in decision-making in urban China and Taiwan and is currently conducting research on AI policy in the UK.

Kenneth Finis is a PhD candidate with the Anthropology Department of Macquarie University in Australia. His current research focuses on the question of the intergenerational transmission of trauma, exploring how young people in Cambodia today see themselves in relation to the past, their family, and their society. He has a professional background in Social Work, having practised in both community youth work and clinical settings.

Subject: Anthropology (General)Urban Studies
Area: AsiaAsia-Pacific


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