Exploring the dynamics of social capital in the integration of Central and Eastern European women moving to Lincolnshire

Rydzik, Agnieszka, Bosworth, Gary and Zeinali, Mahdieh (2016) Exploring the dynamics of social capital in the integration of Central and Eastern European women moving to Lincolnshire. In: Contemporary Migration in a Changing World: New Perspectives and Challenges, 18-21st September 2016, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

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The research explores the different experiences of integration among female migrants from Eastern Europe arriving in Lincolnshire, a rural county in England. Specifically, this paper contrasts the ways in which engagement with the local business community (through entrepreneurship) and engagement though community spaces (in this case schools) offer different routes to integration. It is hypothesised that inequalities are exacerbated by limited integration into local communities and that this in turn will be detrimental to future community cohesion in small towns with significant numbers of migrants.

Semi-structured interviews were carried out with female entrepreneurs and mothers who have moved into Lincolnshire from Central and Eastern European countries. Social capital creation is used as the theoretical framework for assessing the extent to which different types of network relationships are created thorough participation in these different community spaces. The business angle to the research is based on the premise that entrepreneurship is increasingly aligned with social changes and social value creation, not just economic profits. Comparing this with family-level social networks will enable new insights into the dynamics of social capital creation among a very specific sample population. These insights can inform targeted support for female migrants to integrate more successfully and build upon the conceptualisation of social capital in these contexts.

Keywords:migration, social capital, rural development, community cohesion
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:16 Sep 2016 09:31

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