Making connections in a regional city: social capital and the primary social contract

Kilpatrick, Sue, Johnson, Louise, King, Tanya J., Jackson, Ruth, and Jatrana, Santosh (2015) Making connections in a regional city: social capital and the primary social contract. Journal of Sociology, 51 (2). pp. 207-220.

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Abstract

Government policy in many countries encourages migration to regional centres to relieve pressure on major cities and to boost economic development. Migrants are more likely to remain in a new location if they have meaningful work and establish social connections there. This article explores how organisations and groups in a regional city provide newcomers with access to social capital resources which migrants can use to forge social connections. Past research has shown that migrants require a mix of linking, bridging and bonding social capital to form an effective primary social contract with their new home. This research suggests that regional cities – such as Geelong, Victoria – which are proactive in assembling diverse social capital resources and making them accessible to migrants, are more likely not only to receive more newcomers but also more likely to retain migrants and a skilled workforce. The findings have relevance to other regional centres.

Item ID: 62583
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-2978
Keywords: migration, regional cities, regional policy, social capital, social connection
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2013.
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2021 03:04
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4403 Demography > 440303 Migration @ 70%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4403 Demography > 440305 Population trends and policies @ 30%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280123 Expanding knowledge in human society @ 70%
15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1502 Macroeconomics > 150202 Demography @ 30%
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