Youth participation in Europe
Beyond discourses, practices and realities
- Patricia Loncle, Morena Cuconato, Virginie Muniglia, Andreas Walther
- Hardback, 280 pages, 234 x 156 mm
- 10 Oct 2012
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"this book brings together a number of important debates about youth participation in sociology, social policy and political science."
LSE Review of Books
"I strongly encourage reading this book as it provides a much needed starting point for a better and more inclusive dialogue on youth participation."
Youth Voice Journal
"This edited collection, drawing on the contributors’ involvement in European-level research and other inquiry, interrogates the complexity of the idea of youth participation. It represents an important corrective to the bland, arguably naive, positions that too often prevail."
Howard Williamson, University of Glamorgan
About This Book
In a period where social unrest manifests itself by coinciding with young people's dissatisfaction with formal political involvement and the diversification of protest movements across the globe, the question of youth participation is at the forefront of democratic societies. This timely book offers a fresh look at youth participation: examining official and unofficial constructions of participation by young people in a range of socio-political domains, exploring the motivations and rationales underlying official attempts to increase participation among young people, and offering a critique of their effectiveness. Based on original research data, Youth participation in Europe provides a thorough analysis of participation initiatives at the implementation level and gives a transversal approach to various areas of youth participation. Drawing on examples from different European countries, it analyses the results of structure on youth participation and the effects of youth agencies on types of mobilisation.
Author BiographyPatricia Loncle is a senior researcher at the School of Public Health in Rennes (France). Morena Cuconato is an associate professor for Social Pedagogic at the University of Bologna. Virginie Muniglia is Research engineer at the School of Public Health in Rennes (France). Andreas Walther is Professor for Education, Social Pedagogy and Youth Welfare at the University of Frankfurt (Germany).
Introduction: The analysis of youth participation in contemporary literature: a European perspective ~ Virginie Muniglia, Morena Cuconato, Patricia Loncle and Andreas Walther
Part 1: Same word, same meaning? Participating in a changing world: Youth participation: Strong discourses, weak policies, a general perspective ~ Patricia Loncle, Pat Leahy, Virginie Muniglia and Andreas Walther
Participation and individualisation: The emergence of a new (political) consciousness? ~ Reingard Spannring
Informal education in a historical perspective: Between an instrument of social education and a socio educational practice ~ Filip Coussée and Tony Jeffs
Part 2 National and local policies for youth participation: Celebrating pluralism: Beyond established forms of youth participation ~ Lasse Siurala and Heini Turkia
Youth participation in the framework of the reformulation of local youth policies in Italy ~ Morena Cuconato, Nicola De Luigi and Alessandro Martelli
Barriers to participation within a recessionary State: Impediments confronting Irish youth ~ Pat Leahy and Paul Burgess
Youth participation and local social and youth policies in Spain ~ Lourdes Gaitán
Part 3: Extending spaces of participation: The interplay of youth culture, the Web 2.0 and political participation in Europe: New reflections after the Youth Quake in Northern Africa and the Middle East ~ Morena Cuconato and Natalia Waechter
Young people and online civic participation: Key findings from a Pan-European research project ~ Shakuntala Banaji and David Buckingham
Young people and mental health: When ICT becomes a tool of participation in public health in Finland ~ Camilla Granholm
Part 4: Participation and learning: Learning to participate or participating to learn? ~ Andreas Walther
Pupils' participation in French secondary schools: The interplay between tradition and innovation ~ Valérie Becquet
Outlook and conclusions: Participation or non-participation? Getting beyond dichotomies by applying and ideology-critical, a comparative and biographical perspective ~ Andreas Walther
Afterword: Dynamic and socially embedded: Biographies of participation in youth ~ Gill Jones.
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