The central goal of my research is to identify the interrelationships between social participation and social networks in mid- to later life. Specifically I aims to assess the external factors that influence these relationships, including class, ethnicity, place, and sense of belonging. I will use a mixed methods approach by quantitatively analysing longitudinal data from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) and qualitatively analysing data from the Social Participation and Identity Project; a sub-sample qualitative study of NCDS participants. Currently, my research questions are as follows:
- How is social participation defined?
- How are social networks structured?
In what ways are the structure of social networks related to patterns of social participation, and what external factors influence these relationships?