Connected communities. Youth and community: connections and disconnections

Cavalcanti, Roxana, Goldsmith, Carlie, Lea, John, Measor, Lynda, Squires, Peter and Wolff, David (2011) Connected communities. Youth and community: connections and disconnections Arts & Humanities Research Council (Connected Communities Programme), Brighton.


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This project engaged with a series of issues concerning the ‘connectedness’ of young people with their communities and community agencies. We consulted research which has explored the life-worlds of young people in materially poor communities, developing our review via a critical re-interpretation of discourses of ‘community’ and of ‘social capital’. We advocated the adoption and development of research methodologies which enhance the ability to investigate these issues further, exploring the nature and consequences of neo-liberal social and political changes at community level whilst contributing to problem-solving and social justice. The evidence provided ample testimony of the complex and ‘ambiguously connected’ lives of young people in poor communities. In feeding our findings back to a series of community meetings, we compared the themes from the literature with issues raised by community members – including young people. Respondents were chiefly concerned, by the impact of social change upon their lives and communities; by the ways in which growing inequalities and blocked opportunities impacted upon the experiences of young people and, above all, by a sense that dis-connection and social fragmentation were resulting from political decisions resulting in the loss of community resources and a diminishing ‘commitment to welfare’.

Item Type: Other form of assessable output
Additional Information: Researchers and Project Partners: CUPP (Community-University Partnership Programme); The Crew Club (Brighton); East Brighton Community Crime Prevention Forum; North Laine Community Association. This is an ‘end-of-research’ project summary report, hosted on the Research council’s (AHRC) website.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Young people; social capital; community development; inequality; dis-connection; marginality
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L800 Criminology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L400 Social Policy
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Criminology
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 14:03
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015 13:01

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