Opening up or closing down opportunities? : the role of social networks and attachment to place in informing young peoples' attitudes and access to training and employment

WHITE, Richard and GREEN, A. E. (2011). Opening up or closing down opportunities? : the role of social networks and attachment to place in informing young peoples' attitudes and access to training and employment. Urban Studies, 48 (1), 41-60.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098009360234
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Abstract

Drawing on case study evidence from three deprived urban neighbourhoods in England, this paper explores the influence of social networks and attachment to place on young people’s access to training and employment opportunities. The findings presented contribute to the emerging literature which highlights the importance that place-based social networks have in facilitating young people’s access to training and employment opportunities through provision of trusted information, references and role models. Moreover, the evidence also demonstrates how both social networks and attachment to place may constrain geographical and social horizons, and therefore limit the available opportunities in employment and training that young people perceive are open to them. The paper concludes by focusing on policy implications. In particular, it is argued that it is important that the influence of social networks, place attachment and associated subjective geographies is recognised by academics and policy-makers seeking a better understanding of the attitudes and perceptions of young people towards training and employment—especially in deprived areas.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.1177/0042098009360234
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2012 10:45
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2013 16:35
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4816

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