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.
“Rooted in commitment to facing the real impact of inequality, this is a treasure trove for scholars and activists across Europe who find reasons for hope in young people’s self-organised democratic participation.” Janet Batsleer, Manchester Metropolitan University
“Critical and at the same time hopeful, this book has much to say about the state of youth participation in Europe and possibilities for the future. The authors write from their own experience, as adult researchers and as young people participating. It deserves to be a key text.” Nigel Patrick Thomas, University of Central Lancashire
“A fascinating collection of field reports on how young citizens often made invisible, are trying to redefine and transform the European democracies to become less unequal and more inclusive.” Erik Amnå, Örebro University
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.
Revisiting Young People’s Participation: An Introduction ~ Maria Bruselius-Jensen, Kay Tisdall and Ilaria Pitti
Cultural Activism Against Inequalities: The Experience of Quaderni Urbani in Bologna ~ Alessio La Terra
It’s Okay to Think Freely: How Participation Changed Us ~ Christina McMellon, Katherine Dempsie & Myada Eltiraifi
Frontrunners Against Inequality: The Stories Of Darpan and Barwaqo ~ Darpan Raj Gautam and Barwaqo Jamma Husein
Bounded Agency and Social Participation: How Socioeconomic Situation and Experiences Influence Young People’s Way of Engaging In Society ~ Sabine Israel, Jo Deakin, Renata Frank, Anna Markina, Rein Murakas and Markus Quandt
From Ideology to Strategic Engagement ~ Jonas Lieberkind
Digital Participation and Digital Divides in Former Socialist Country ~ Airi-Alina Allaste and David Cairns
The Participation Project: How Projects Shape Young People’s Participation ~ Maria Bruselius-Jensen and Anne Mette W. Nielsen
Young Italians and the Crisis: Emerging Trends in Activism and Self-Organisation ~ Ilaria Pitti and Nicola De Luigi
Justifying Self-Organisation: Between Inequality and Critique ~ Anne-Lene Sand
Advocacy and Participation: Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Experiences with Statutory Casework ~ Cecilie K. Moesby-Jensen
Young people seeking asylum: voice and activism in a ‘hostile environment’ ~ Grainne McMahon, Grainne and Rhetta Moran
Meaningful, Effective, and Sustainable? Challenges for Children and Young People’s Participation ~ E. Kay M. Tisdall
Journey Mapping as a Method to Make Sense of Participation ~ Anne Mette W. Nielsen and Maria Bruselius-Jensen
Playful Walks: A Methodological Approach for Analysing the Embodied Citizenship of Young People in the Countryside ~ Claire Levy
Transformative Participation in the Lifeworlds of Marginalised Youth: Learning for Change ~ Mette Bladt and Barry Percy-Smith
Revisiting Young People’s Participation and Looking Ahead: Concluding Remarks ~ E. Kay M. Tisdall, Ilaria Pitti, Maria Bruselius-Jensen