Rural Youth and the Quality of Work

Lay Summary 

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.

Departments 
Sociology
Faculty of Business Administration
Funding 
SSHRC-CURRA
CIHR
Communities 
Bonne Bay
Locations 
Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada
Themes 
Social Conditions
Quality of Life
Employment
Identity
Industry Sectors 
Scientific Research and Development Services
Public Administration
Employment Services
Start date 
1 Jan 2010