George Osborne might have coined the catch­phrase ‘aspi­ra­tion nation’ in a bud­get speech ear­lier this year, but the ques­tion of young people’s ‘aspi­ra­tions’, or more broadly, their hopes, dreams, fears, ambi­tions and expec­ta­tions for the future have long been at the cen­tre of social sci­ence research projects in the field of youth stud­ies in particular.…