Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Youth participation in EuropeBeyond discourses, practices and realities$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details

Participation or non-participation? Getting beyond dichotomies by applying an ideology-critical, a comparative and a biographical perspective

Participation or non-participation? Getting beyond dichotomies by applying an ideology-critical, a comparative and a biographical perspective

Chapter:
(p.226) (p.227) FOURTEEN Participation or non-participation? Getting beyond dichotomies by applying an ideology-critical, a comparative and a biographical perspective
Source:
Youth participation in Europe
Author(s):

Andreas Walther

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.003.0014

A common thread connecting the contributions gathered in the volume relates to the observation that public as well as scientific discourses tend to measure young people's political and social participation one-dimensionally and against the standards of formally institutionalised and acknowledged contents and forms of participation. Consequently, the assessment of youth participation tends to be reduced to a quantitative measure of ‘more’ or ‘less’ both in historical perspective and across different social and education backgrounds; or to a qualitative distinction between ‘real’ and ‘false’ participation from both affirmative and critical viewpoints. Both perspectives imply a secure and shared knowledge that allows distinction between participation and non-participation. This chapter is meant to conclude this volume rather than summarising the contributions, and therefore aims to extract three core perspectives which seem promising in overcoming this dichotomy: an ideology-critical perspective analysing the meaning and function of current participation discourses; a comparative perspective transcending assumptions of normality regarding the participation of young people which in national contexts appear to be held as self-evident or even natural; and finally, a biographical and cultural perspective which conceptualises participation as individual agency that flows consequently from the subjective perspective of individual actors.

Keywords:   Ideology-critical perspective, comparative perspective, biographical and cultural perspectives

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.