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 2013, Making connections in a regional city: social capital and the primary social contract, Journal of sociology, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 207-220, doi: 10.1177/1440783313487813.

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Title Making connections in a regional city: social capital and the primary social contract
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
Johnson, LouiseORCID iD for Johnson, Louise
King, Tanya J.ORCID iD for King, Tanya J.
Jackson, RuthORCID iD for Jackson, Ruth
Jatrana, Santosh
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 51
Issue number 2
Start page 207
End page 220
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, California
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1440-7833
Keyword(s) migration
social capital
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1440783313487813
Field of Research 160303 Migration
160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning)
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Sage Publications
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