Date of Award

5-17-2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Gregory J. Howard

Language

English

Abstract

My research will build upon the field of walkability, social capital and resource extraction from social networks. Literature shows that living in an environment rich with destinations to walk to facilitate the creation of dense social webs characterized by high levels of individual participation and feelings of trust. These dense social webs may then be rich with resources.

In the scope of this research, I hypothesize that young people growing up in walkable environments are more likely to have access to high levels of social capital. Then, I hypothesize that within the group of youth exposed to high levels of social capital there will be a higher prevalence of youth with natural mentors. Finally, I connect these two ideas by hypothesizing that within the youth living in a walkable environment there will be a higher prevalence of youth with natural mentors because of their access to social capital.

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