Young people's transitions to adulthood in Pilton, a disadvantaged neighbourhood of Edinburgh

Carlin, Eric Joseph Francis (2017) Young people's transitions to adulthood in Pilton, a disadvantaged neighbourhood of Edinburgh. Doctoral thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.

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Abstract

This thesis explores young people’s experiences of transition into adulthood in Pilton, a disadvantaged neighbourhood in North Edinburgh, and considers how their social networks influence their perspectives and actions. The stories are told of young people, aged 16–23, including the challenges they face, the richness and diversity of their experiences. Their transition experiences involve families, friends, leisure spaces and engagement with the labour market. The study is located within Elias’ theoretical framework and highlights that strong social networks often flourish more strongly in contexts like this than in more affluent neighbourhoods. The research questions are: 1. How do young people in Pilton experience and manage transitions to adulthood? 2. How do disadvantage, stigma and violence affect the daily lives and transition journeys of young people in Pilton? 3. How useful is the concept of social exclusion to describe young people’s experiences in Pilton? 4. How helpful is the concept of resilience to support young people in Pilton? Main data sources have been fieldwork, carried out between June 2012 and May 2013, mainly in Pilton Youth and Children’s Project (PYCP). Desk-based and on-line research, including reviewing historical and contemporary documentation was undertaken to understand the context and to interrogate issues that arose – for example, to understand how embedded poverty and stigma has been throughout the history of Pilton. The study includes consideration of the usefulness of the concepts of social inclusion/exclusion and resilience, both prolific in contemporary discussions about marginalised young people and what ‘to do’ about them. The case is made for reframing the two concepts, returning them to their original intentions, and placing more emphasis on reducing inequalities. The challenges caused to young people by disadvantage, stigma and violence are significant. It is emphasised that these are faced within an unequal society, not as ‘socially excluded’.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
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School/Department: School of Social Sciences, History & Philosophy > Department of Geography
Depositing User: ORBIT Editor
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 16:31
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 17:03
URI: http://bbktheses.da.ulcc.ac.uk/id/eprint/251

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