Youth Participation in Europe

Beyond Discourses, Practices and Realities

Edited by Patricia Loncle, Morena Cuconato, Virginie Muniglia, and Andreas Walther

Youth Participation in Europe
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Edited by Patricia Loncle, Morena Cuconato, Virginie Muniglia, and Andreas Walther

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

264 pages | 4 figures, 4 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447300182 Published February 2013 For sale in North and South America only
In a period when social unrest and youth dissatisfaction has manifested itself through highly public protests, the question of youth participation in democratic societies is at the forefront. This book offers a fresh look at youth participation, examining official and unofficial constructions of participation by young people in a range of sociopolitical domains. It explores the motivations and rationales underlying official attempts to increase participation among young people and offers a critique of those various efforts’ effectiveness. Based on original research data from a significant study, it provides a thorough analysis of an important sector of democratic societies.
LSE Review of Books
"This book brings together a number of important debates about youth participation in sociology, social policy and political science."
Howard Williamson, University of Glamorgan
"This edited collection, drawing on the contributors’ involvement in European-level research and other inquiry, interrogates the complexity of the idea of youth participation. It represents an important corrective to the bland, arguably naive, positions that too often prevail."
List of figures and tables
About the contributors

1. The analysis of youth participation in contemporary literature: a European perspective
      Virginie Muniglia, Morena Cuconato, Patricia Loncle and Andreas Walther
Part One: Same word, same meaning? Participating in a changing world
2. Youth participation: strong discourses, weak policies—a general perspective
      Patricia Loncle, Pat Leahy, Virginie Muniglia and Andreas Walther
3. Participation and individualisation: the emergence of a new (political) consciousness?
      Reingard Spannring
4. Informal education in an historical perspective: between an instrument of social education and a socioeducational practice
      Filip Coussée and Tony Jeffs
Part Two: National and local policies for youth participation
5. Celebrating pluralism: beyond established forms of youth participation
      Lasse Siurala and Heini Turkia
6. Youth participation in the framework of the reformulation of local youth policies in Italy
      Morena Cuconato, Nicola De Luigi and Alessandro Martelli
7. Barriers to participation within a recessionary state: impediments confronting Irish youth
      Pat Leahy and Paul Burgess
8. Youth Participation and local social and youth policies in Spain
      Lourdes Gaitán
Part Three: Extending spaces of participation
9. Interplay of youth culture, Web 2.0 and political participation in Europe: new reflections after the ‘youth quake’ in Northern Africa and the Middle East
      Morena Cuconato and Natalia Waechter
10. Young people and online civic participation: key findings from a pan-European research project
      Shakuntala Banaji and David Buckingham
11. Young people and mental health: when ICT becomes a tool of participation in public health in Finland
      Camilla Granholm
Part Four: Participation and learning
12. Learning to participate or participating to learn?
      Andreas Walther
13. Pupils’ participation in French secondary schools: the interplay between tradition and innovation
      Valérie Becquet
Part Five: Outlook and conclusions
14. Participation or non-participation? Getting beyond dichotomies by applying an ideology-critical, a comparative and a biographical perspective
      Andreas Walther
Afterword: Dynamic and socially embedded: biographies of participation in youth
      Gill Jones

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