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    The strength of weak ties: the social networks of young separated asylum seekers and refugees in London

    Wells, Karen (2011) The strength of weak ties: the social networks of young separated asylum seekers and refugees in London. Children's Geographies 9 (3/4), pp. 319-329. ISSN 1473-3285.

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    Abstract

    This paper is about the social networks of young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees in London. It discusses the findings of a 12-month qualitative study using photo elicitation interviews with eight young refugees to explore their social networks. The analysis points to the potential of social networks to provide emotional and material support for young refugees and discusses the extent to which social capital flows through these networks. It explores the importance of place and gender in shaping their entry into and formation of these networks. It concludes that the formation of weak ties particularly to institutional actors is important in providing young refugees with access to material and cultural resources.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2013 15:22
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 12:00
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6403

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