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Spaces and Styles of Participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities.

Objective

Existing research suggests that political participation and European orientation of young people depend on how they experience influence and involvement at local level. This reflects that individuals need the experience of self-efficacy to engage in wider communities. Research also reveals that only few young people engage in formalised participation (parties, trade unions, or youth councils) as these are not flexible enough for individualised concerns, biographies and life styles and they reflect patterns of social inequality.
The project Spaces and Styles of Participation (PARTISPACE) starts from the assumption that all young people do participate while not all participation is recognised as such. The study asks for the different ways in which young people participate in decisions „which concern them and, in general, the life of their communities”. How do 15- and 30-year-olds engage with the public in formal, non-formal and informal settings and how is this supported or inhibited by local youth policies and youth work? The countries involved – Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK – secure contrasting contexts of young people’s growing up as well as differing orientations towards Europe.
The design of PARTISPACE includes:
• National research literature reviews and policy analysis;
• Analysis of European Social Survey data on young people’s participatory orientations;
• Local case studies in one major city per country including expert interviews, focus groups discussions, city walks and biographical interviews with young people, ethnographic case studies of formal, non-formal, and informal participatory spaces.
• Activating and supporting participatory action research by young people themselves.
The analysis relates local constellations with national and European patterns and discourses of youth participation. Findings are constantly discussed with representatives of the youth sector at local and European level.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/social inequality

Call for proposal

H2020-YOUNG-SOCIETY-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 415 916

Participants (9)

ECOLE DES HAUTES ETUDES EN SANTE PUBLIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 261 791
Address
Avenue Du Professeur Leon Bernard
35043 Rennes Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE CERGY-PONTOISE
France
EU contribution
€ 122 666
Address
Boulevard Du Port 33
95011 Cergy-pontoise
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 202 812
Address
Oxford Road All Saints Building
M15 6BH Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 160 812
Address
Queensgate
HD1 3DH Huddersfield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 193 553
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 355 687
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NEW EUROPE CENTER FOR REGIONAL STUDIES SDRUZHENIE
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 175 187
Address
Ulica Mladezka 20B
4002 Plovdiv
Activity type
Research Organisations
YEDITEPE UNIVERSITY VAKIF
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 97 287
Address
Kayisdagi Street Agustos Campus 26
81120 Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FHS ST. GALLEN HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rosenbergstrasse 22
9001 St. Gallen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments