Evaluation of Denmead young people's access to independent transport and its impact on their life opportunities.

Lawton, Rebecca (2006) Evaluation of Denmead young people's access to independent transport and its impact on their life opportunities. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Geography has been slow in recognising the diversity of children and young people especially in the rural context. Young people are a heterogeneous group whose experiences are unique within the context that they find themselves. In negotiating their everyday lives they are influenced by social, political, economic and cultural processes within spatial settings that form unique experiences and perceptions. The use of qualitative analysis gives young people a voice to articulate their varied viewpoints. This provides valuable insight into the lives of young people that have long been marginalised by society and academia. The need to empower young people requires academics and adults to understand the issues that concern young people and consult with them rather than presume. This study explores the experiences and perceptions of young people aged 15-18 in the rural setting of Denmead. It focuses on the impact that transport has on the life opportunities of these young people as they move towards adulthood. The research questionnaires and interviews gave the young people a voice to share their views and these formulated the key themes of discourse within the study. Key issues raised were unresponsive, unreliable and inflexible bus services that are expensive. Also raised was the compromise and negotiation that is required with parental chauffeuring. This impinges on freedom and independence for social and compulsory (educational) activities with the insufficiencies of public bus services. The desire to learn to drive is identified as a way of acquiring both freedom and independence from the rural setting of Denmead and the adult surveillance commonly associated with rural communities. Local government policies are explored to assess their consultation of and provision for young people with regard to transport issues. The findings although unique to Denmead's young people are consistent with other opinions expressed within The Countryside Agency's research by other young people in rural communities throughout the United Kingdom.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/209

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