'Not left behind...' exploring the labour market and educational experiences of young people who stay in regional Australia

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This paper explores the impact of place, mobility and gender in young people’s transitions from school to employment. Examining perceptions of rural youth as ‘left behind’ the paper draws on 2016 census to investigate whether young people’s migratory movements influence their likelihood of having caring responsibilities or being engaged in employment education and training. Comparisons are drawn between a rural cohort from Burnie in north west Tasmania and a metropolitan cohort from Whittlesea in the outer north east of Melbourne, Victoria. The paper finds that spatiality and mobility contribute to young people’s experience of post-school education and employment, however gender and age are also important in understanding these experiences. A key finding is that although there are a range of structural barriers that constrain young people’s experiences, these should not be conflated with the individual attributes of young people from regional areas.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2017
Event2017 TASA Conference - University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Duration: 27 Nov 201730 Nov 2017
https://tasa.org.au/tasa-conference/2017-tasa-conference/ (Conference website)
https://tasa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/TASA2017_Book-of-Abstracts.pdf (Conference abstracts)
https://tasa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/TASA_2017_Conference_proceedings_revised-December-17_2017.pdf (Conference proceedings)
https://conference.tasa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2017/11/TASA-2017-Conference-Handbook.pdf (Conference program)


Conference2017 TASA Conference
Abbreviated titleBelonging in a Mobile World
OtherThe University of Western Australia is pleased to host the 2017 Australian Sociological Association Conference, which returns to Perth after ten years. This year’s conference is held at the beautiful UWA campus on the shores of the Swan River. As one of the most isolated cities in the world, with a very high migrant population, and highly mobile workforce including temporary visa holders and fly-in-fly-out workers, but also a range of issues around immobility, Perth is well placed to host a conference on the theme ‘Belonging in a Mobile World’. UWA promotes itself as being ‘in the zone’ – the same general time zone as 60 percent of the world’s population – a gateway to the Indo-Pacific region, ‘Looking north, thinking east, facing west’. Thus its relationship to this part of the world, its economies, cultures and peoples, and engagement with it through movement, commerce and technology, are key areas of interest.

This year’s conference explores the theme of belonging and mobility in a world characterised by global flows and precarities. What are the implications of growing levels of permanent and temporary migration, undocumented migration, and movements of people seeking asylum? What are the implications of recent policies (Trump’s, among others) curtailing movement? Are we really becoming superdiverse and hypermobile? How are internal movements, and movements across national borders, to be understand through a sociological lens? Have multiculturalism and social cohesion been co-opted, and to what ends? How do culture and belief systems reflect or challenge mobility? What role has technology played in these changes, and in the maintenance and creation of relationships locally and globally? What is the relationship between physical and social mobility (and inequality)? What new identity formations are available? What place has nationalism and cosmopolitanism in the current climate? What are the implications of mobility for the environment? What are the implications of contemporary mobilities for indigenous populations globally? What about the dark side of mobilities, such as, in the Australian context, the Indigenous experience of mobilities as a form of colonial oppression, removal from families, and over-representation and deaths in custody? How can Indigenous knowledges and Indigenous voices contribute to debates about mobility and immobility? We look forward to engaging these questions, and more, with you.

We are very pleased to have an extraordinary set of keynotes/plenaries including Professors Mimi Sheller, Alison Phipps, Anthony Elliott, Sharon Pickering, and Matthew Tonts, and a special session from Yoland Wadworth. We also have a number of features of this year’s conference, including sessions on the nexus between sociology and other disciplines, criminal justice and Indigenous peoples, and decolonizing the ethics of research. In addition, a social research methods half day will be held on the Friday after the conference, as well as a number of associated activities.
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