Growing up, moving out, going on: im/mobilities and youth transitions in the un/making of friendships

Smith, S. and Kraftl, P., 2024. Growing up, moving out, going on: im/mobilities and youth transitions in the un/making of friendships. Social and Cultural Geography. ISSN 1464-9365

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This article examines what we term the ‘un/making’ of friendships: the complex, sometimes non-linear ways in which friendships start, are maintained (or not) and break down (or not). In doing so we seek to open out some of these complexities and explore how they interact with the form of these relationships. Drawing on repeat, in-depth interviews and ethnography with a friendship group of young people in rural community in the English Midlands, this paper theorizes the un/making of friendships through an exploration of young people’s im/mobilities, their emotional attachments and responses to their friendships, and the ways in which their friendships are made, developed, sustained, fractured, and repaired as young people grow up/go on through transitions to adulthood. In doing so, the paper combines and contributes to literatures on geographies of friendships, youthful transitions and temporalities, and im/mobilities, principally through its theorization and exemplification of the ‘un/making’ of friendships.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Social and Cultural Geography
Creators: Smith, S. and Kraftl, P.
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Date: 24 May 2024
ISSN: 1464-9365
Rights: © 2024 The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properlycited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) orwith their consent.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 21 Jun 2024 08:48
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2024 08:48

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