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). pp. 1008-1021. ISSN 0263-774X

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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 makingöin 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
Print ISSN: 0263-774X
Electronic ISSN: 1472-3425
Additional Information: "Gore,T & Hollywood, E. 2009. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 27(6) 1008 – 1021, 10.1068/c0850"
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coalminig industry; social networks; geographical location; labour market; job searching; unemployment;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 5516
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2012 12:50
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2015 11:58

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