Mobilities of youth: Social and spatial trajectories in a segregated Sweden
2010 (English)In: European Educational Research Journal (online), ISSN 1474-9041, Vol. 9, no 2, 192-207 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
This article explores youth mobilities in three geographic and socioeconomic diverseSwedish contexts. The concept of mobility has become an important feature ofindividualistic discourses of responsibility relating to inclusion, lifelong learning andself-regulating entrepreneurial behaviour. This article draws attention to the fact thatgeographical mobility, as a form of human agency, is closely related to social mobilityand hence to both spacial and social ineqalities. Using life history interviews andstatistical data, the paper explores how space, class and ethnicity are related to educationand social inclusion and exclusion as young people are spatially situated yet move, desireto move, dream about moving, seek to move and fail to move, as they migrate through,in and out of social communities. The analysis displays how these mobilities are framedby local traditions and circumstances that both enable and restrict. Such mobility mightinvolve processes of personal development and learning, and be the calculatedconsequence of each individual’s chosen life-career. However, mobility might also ariseas flight from a stigmatized place. In these cases, refusal to move can also be seen as aform of resistance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford, United Kingdom: Symposium Journals , 2010. Vol. 9, no 2, 192-207 p.
mobility, biography, space, class, education, policy
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32539DOI: 10.2304/eerj.2010.9.2.192OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-32539DiVA: diva2:304028