Youth Participation in Europe: Beyond Discourses, Practices and Realities

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Loncle, Patricia, Cuconato, Morena, Virginie Muniglia
Policy Press, Oct 10, 2012 - Political Science - 264 pages
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.
 

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Contents

one The analysis of youth participation in contemporary
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strong discourses weak policies
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the emergence of a new
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between
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beyond established forms of youth
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Figures
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six Youth participation in the framework of the reformulation
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eight Youth participation and local social and youth policies
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nine Interplay of youth culture Web 2 0 and political
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when ICT becomes a
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twelve Learning to participate or participating to learn?
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tables
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fourteen Participation or nonparticipation? Getting beyond
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biographies of
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Index
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Patricia Loncle is senior researcher at the School of Public Health in Rennes, France, where Virginie Muniglia is research engineer. Morena Cuconato is associate professor of social pedagogy at the University of Bologna in Italy. Andreas Walther is professor of education, social pedagogy, and youth welfare at the University of Frankfurt in Germany.

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