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Youth participation in EuropeBeyond discourses, practices and realities$
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Patricia Loncle, Gerrit Jackson, and Virginie Muniglia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300182

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.001.0001

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The analysis of youth participation in contemporary literature: a European perspective

The analysis of youth participation in contemporary literature: a European perspective

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Youth participation in Europe
Author(s):

Virginie Muniglia

Morena Cuconato

Patricia Loncle

Andreas Walther

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.003.0001

The introduction proposes a state of the art on youth participation and it contextualises the book in the existing participation debates. Firstly, it presents the different and contradicting statements on the relevance and meaning of participation, especially on the European policy level, showing that the participation of young people remains an ambivalent political concern. Secondly, it exposes the different meanings and forms of participation related to different societal contexts and arenas and reveals that the appeal of the word participation has led to an inflation of use in both directions: any involvement in socially institutionalised contexts is referred to as participation in society; social change has led to an increasing differentiation in forms of participation. Thirdly, it shows the relevance of the welfare regimes typology in order to understand, in a European perspective, the impact of different national contexts on youth participation, specifying that the comparison of youth transition contexts requires an extended perspective. Finally, it explains the rationale for the construction of the book and it exposes the outline.

Keywords:   Youth participation debates, political level, societal contexts, youth transition regimes

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