The role of social networks and geographical location in labour market participation in the UK coalfields

GORE, Tony and HOLLYWOOD, Emma (2009). The role of social networks and geographical location in labour market participation in the UK coalfields. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27 (6), 1008-1021.

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Abstract

The demise of the coalmining industry has entailed an increased geographical separation of individuals from workplaces, highlighting the importance of understanding the spatial dimension of job search for those living in the coalfields. There has been an increasing interest among labour market researchers on the role of place and social networks in influencing labour market behaviour. A growing body of literature focuses on the importance of social networks in shaping people’s attitudes, behaviour, and decision making—in particular, the links between people’s social sphere and the nature and extent of their participation in the labour market. We aim to examine the area effects of social networks and how these affect labour market position. We will draw on material gathered from a Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project on the economic, social, and governance links between coalfields and their neighbouring cities. Part of this research was composed of eighty-five interviews carried out with unemployed job seekers across three contrasting coalfields (Lothian, South Yorkshire, and the central Wales valleys). We will focus in particular on the issues of accessing of South Wales jobs, knowledge and experience of the spatial labour market, and the role of social networks in influencing job search and job knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1068/c0850
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2012 10:29
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2012 10:29
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4590

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