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29 October 2020

Academic to research youth transition and marginality in deprived rural areas of Denmark

Shane Blackman, Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Creative Arts and Industries, is part of a new research team investigating youth transition and marginality in deprived rural areas of Denmark. 

The research project: A Future of Staying? A Qualitative Longitudinal Study of the Everyday is funded by the Danish Independent Research Council for VIVE – the Danish Centre for Social Science Research. VIVE is an independent research and analysis centre operating under the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Interior that carries out research and analysis projects on all aspects of the welfare state. 

Explaining the project, Professor Blackman said: “Our research examines youth transition and marginality in deprived rural areas of Denmark. The study seeks to capture young people’s general fear of increasing spatial inequality and downward mobility linked to new forms of territorial stigma.  

“We are looking at gendered experiences assessing if males are ‘left behind’ in rural locations and women ‘move away’ and assessing whether this creates a gendered imbalance in rural locations. Theoretically, this study reconnects youth studies to both rural and class structures.  

“We are also looking at how place is central to an understanding of how young people’s practices and transitions to adulthood are situated within social and cultural contexts through dynamic exchanges within the spaces they inhabit. We are critically engaged with intersectionality, location and young people’s everyday lives in rural areas.”  

Other members of the research team include Jeanette Østergaard from VIVE, Associate Professor Mette Pless (Aalborg University) and Professor Robert MacDonald (University of Huddersfield). The funds awarded to Shane were £14,144, of the project’s DKK 2,783,039 total. The project runs until October 2022 with the intention to build a wider European proposal. 

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