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Title: Learning Insularity? Social Capital, Social Learning and Staying at Home among European Youth
Authors: Cairns, David
Growiec, Katarzyna
Keywords: Youth
Social capital
Social learning
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: CIES, ISCTE-IUL
Series/Report no.: CIES e-Working Paper
Nº 81/2009
Abstract: This paper explores youth mobility in two European regions: Northern Ireland and Portugal. The original research upon which it is based focuses on two specific mobility themes: housing transitions and migration intentions. We have found that almost three quarters of the young people in both samples were living in the parental home, with a significant correlation between living at home and not wanting to migrate in the future. A number of explanations are discussed, including the importance of economic, emotional and social ties in encouraging and inhibiting youth mobility. Our analysis leads us to conclude that many of these young people have learnt to become geographically insular through a social learning process involving strong reliance on the bonding social capital created and embedded in their family relationships.
Peer reviewed: Sim
ISSN: 1647-0893
Appears in Collections:CIES-WP - Working papers

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