Alone or Together in the Neighbourhood? School Choice and Families’ Access to Local Social Networks

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Kosunen , S & Rivière , C 2018 , ' Alone or Together in the Neighbourhood? School Choice and Families’ Access to Local Social Networks ' , Children's Geographies , vol. 16 , no. 2 , pp. 143-155 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2017.1334114

Title: Alone or Together in the Neighbourhood? School Choice and Families’ Access to Local Social Networks
Author: Kosunen, Sonja; Rivière, Clément
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Education of Education
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Children's Geographies
ISSN: 1473-3285
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2017.1334114
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309603
Abstract: This study explores how the everyday geographies of city life and families’ access to social networks in the neighbourhood influence families’ school choices. The data consist of thematic interviews with parents of 8–14-year-old children (n = 170) in three urban areas located in the cities of Paris (France), Milan (Italy) and Espoo (Finland) and are analysed via qualitative content analysis. The findings indicate that the families’ access to local social networks influences the reasoning behind school choice to the local school. The children’s relationships with other children and adults in the neighbourhood are considered important, but additionally, the parents’ networks with other parents in the area, mediated by the school, play their role. School choices as practices should therefore be analysed not merely as choices of an institution, as they comprise various aspects concerning the surrounding neighbourhood as a physical and social space.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
5141 Sociology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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