Over the last two decades a vibrant body of research committed to investigating the complex inter-relationships between ?the social? and ?the spatial? has gathered momentum within sociology and the social sciences more generally. Focusing on young people, this article seeks to develop further insights regarding the sociology of place using the spatial visualization technique of mental mapping as part of a mixed-methods approach. Its main contribution is to develop a more nuanced understanding of young people?s localized cognitive spaces and associated socio-spatial influences in three deprived urban areas in Hull, Walsall and Wolverhampton. In this context, the article explores the role of place in shaping young people?s social networks, identities and aspirations regarding employment and highlights the implications of these for future research.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Work, Employment & Society|
|Early online date||6 Mar 2015|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2015|