Rural Youth and the Quality of Work
Youth who are living and working in Newfoundland&'s coastal communities negotiate the interactive effects of industrial and environmental restructuring, and they do so in ways that reflect ambivalent and socially mediated connections to rurality. This project examines the problem of youth outmigration, which has been identified as a central crisis impacting the health and vitality of coastal Newfoundland communities, by exploring young people's (12-24 years old) connection to community, and their work and recreation experiences and options, with the ultimate objective of aiding in the production of evidence-based youth retention policies and strategies. We are using a mixed methods approach including focus groups with a demographic survey, interviews, photo voice, and a province-wide survey. We have found that gender and class mediate young people's educational and employment opportunities and trajectories; their quality of work and recreational experiences; their decisions to stay, leave or return; and their perceptions of rurality and community health.
01 Jan 2010
Federal government public administration
Quality of Life
Strategic Research Theme
Community and Regional Development