Going back to get ahead? Understanding why millennials live with parents

Thursday, Nov 26, 2020

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Lecture by:
Nancy Worth

This talk examines young adults’ experiences of co-residence with their parents. Although we might think of the stereotype of the struggling/lazy ‘kidult’, millennials who live with their parents tell a different story…

Co-residence offers a unique lens to understand some of the vital economic geographies of young adults, especially when set within a context of financial uncertainty, inaccessible housing markets, and a job market characterized by insecure work. The research draws on a feminist economic geography framework to understand why millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995) live at home. Analysis of qualitative interviews reveals the key social structures and processes that organize and shape millennials’ experiences, including the economy, education and debt, as well as the family, culture and mutual reliance.

This talk highlights the role families play in the struggle to maintain a middle class social position for their children, providing insight into the complexity of young adults’ decisions to co-reside with parents, where motivations of choice and constraint often overlap.

About The Lecturer

Nancy Worth

Dr. Nancy Worth is a feminist economic geographer at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in (un)paid work, inequalities, age and generations, and feminist theory. Her most recent project examines work-at-home freelancing with millennials who work in the media.