Corrosive disadvantage: the impact of fracking on young people’s capabilities

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Hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) is a policy problem that is both a spatial and temporal issue, touching on economic, environmental, health, safety, political and social concerns of interest to youth. This empirical study focuses on the impact of fracking on youth in communities in England. The Capabilities Approach is used as a lens for understanding the experiences of young people in their late teens. The article draws on focus groups with young people which took place within a 20 mile radius of exploratory fracking sites. The study contributes to understanding of youth experience of controversial energy interventions. Findings suggest that fracking prevents young people from living the lives they have reason to value, and has, and will continue to have, a negative impact on wellbeing in the present and in the future. Fracking creates conditions of corrosive disadvantage for affected youth. Greater inclusion of youth perspectives in environmental decision-making is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1841094
Pages (from-to)591-608
Number of pages18
JournalChildren's Geographies
Issue number5
Early online date2 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2021

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  • fracking
  • youth
  • capabilities
  • sustainability
  • qualitative research

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