This book explores how young people across different European contexts participate in decision-making and foster changes on issues that concern them and their communities, giving new insights into discourses on young people’s as active citizens across Europe.
Young people’s participation is an urgent policy and practice concern, across countries and context. This book showcases original research evidence and analysis to consider how, under what conditions and for what purposes young people participate in different parts of Europe.
Focusing on the interplay between the concepts of youth, inequality and participation, this book explores how structural changes, including economic austerity, neoliberal policies and new patterns of migration, affect the conditions of young people’s participation and its aims.
With contributions from a range of subject experts, including young people themselves, the book challenges current policies and practices on young people’s participation. It asks how young people can be better supported to take part in social change and decision-making and what can be learnt from young people’s own initiatives.
Maria Bruselius-Jensen is Associate Professor in the Department for Culture and Learning at Aalborg University.
Ilaria Pitti is a Senior Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Business Law at University of Bologna.
Kay Tisdall is Professor of Childhood Policy at the Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group, MHSES University of Edinburgh.
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