Personal networks in the labor market. Resources, mechanisms and inequalities in the youth environment (2017)

In a context in which labor is deeply marked by the uncertainties and transitory nature of employment, this thesis focuses on the inequalities generated by personal networks along the educational and labour trajectories of young people. Personal contacts — family, friends, teachers, workmates or student colleagues — represent a central channel for job searches and access to employment among young people, especially in a context in which labor pathways demand rapid and viable solutions to the increasing precarity of employment. Thus, the objective of this research is to investigate the role played by personal networks in a flexible and deregulated labor market with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the influence of social capital as a mechanism of social reproduction in an era of deep and renewed inequalities.

Author/a: Mattia Vacchiano

Supervisor: Joel Martí y Carlos Lozares

Date of thesis defense: 15/09/2017


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