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Young People's ParticipationRevisiting Youth and Inequalities in Europe$
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Maria Bruselius-Jensen, Ilaria Pitti, and Kay Tisdall

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781447345411

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447345411.001.0001

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The participation project: how projects shape young people’s participation

The participation project: how projects shape young people’s participation

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Young People's Participation

Maria Bruselius-Jensen

Anne Mette W. Nielsen

Policy Press

This chapter focusses on professionally facilitated efforts to promote young people’s participation through project-based activities located within young people’s everyday spaces. Inspired by theories of the emergence of a ‘project society’ (Jensen, 2012) and ‘projective regimes’ (Boltansky and Chiapello, 2005), the chapter discusses the implications of a regime driven by social mobility, fast and continuous innovation and managerial logics with the aim to promote societal activity through projects. Drawing on case studies of young people’s experiences while taking part in two project-based initiatives that aim to promote young people’s participation in school and in the psychiatric system respectively, the chapter demonstrates how this project regime greatly affects who how and to what aims young people are able to participate in change and decision-making.

Keywords:   Facilited participation, Young people, Project-based organisation, Decision making, Participatory change processes, Public schools, Psychiatric systems

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