Social and Subcultural Capital among teenagers in Northern Ireland

Madeleine Leonard

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This article makes a case for the inclusion of subcultural capital as an indictor of social capital networks in the lives of teenagers. It does so by critiquing approaches that assume that adult measures of social capital can be nonproblematically extended to account for stocks of social capital held by younger generations. To illustrate the fallacy of this approach, this article draws on data from the 2003 Northern Ireland Young Life and Times Survey (NIYLTS) and the indicators used to explore the relevance of social capital in the lives of teenagers. By ignoring concepts such as subcultural capital, surveys such as the NILYTS provide partial frameworks for understanding the complexities of young people's links to social capital networks and their inclusive and exclusive effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-244
Number of pages21
JournalYouth & Society
Issue number2
Early online date29 Feb 2008
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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