This chapter explores what it is like to grow up in a deprived coastal town, illustrating how these particular places have distinctive social structures, webs of relationships and cultural meanings attached to them. Highlighting the distinctiveness of geographical place, the chapter draws upon ethnography, participatory arts-based research and semi-structured interviews with young people who live in a deprived coastal town in the North of England. This research draws attention to the importance of place in shaping young people’s identities and aspirations and how the subjective meanings associated with class are ‘lived out’ and made sense of differently. The contribution of this work is that it allows us to explore young people’s lives spatially, and in particular how the spatial concentration of inequalities impact upon the experience of youth and the patterning of youth transitions.
|Title of host publication||Youth Beyond the City|
|Subtitle of host publication||International Perspectives From the Periphery|
|Editors||S. Ravn, D. Farrugia|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2022|