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Participation Biographies: Meaning-making, Identity-work and the Self

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Authors Grainne McMahon
Susanne Liljeholm Hansson
Larissa von Schwanenflügel
Jessica Lütgens
Marta Ilardo
Published in Young Struggling for Participation: Contested Practices, Power and Pedagogies in Public Spaces
ISBN 9781138362420
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Social Work
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.4324/97804294320...
Subject categories Youth research

Abstract

Young People and the Struggle for Participation rethinks dominant concepts and meanings of participation by exploring what young people do in public spaces and what these spaces mean to them, individually and collectively. This book discusses how different spaces and places structure and are in turn structured by young peoples’ activities. Drawing on findings from a comparative study in eight European cities, insights into different styles of youth participation emerging from formal, non-formal and informal settings are presented. The book provides a comparative analysis of how transnational discourses, national welfare states and local youth policies affect youth participation. It also investigates how it comes about that young people get involved in different forms of participation in the course of their biographies. This book will appeal to academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of youth studies, community studies, sociology of education, political science, social work, psychology and anthropology.

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