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

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.
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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)

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ECOLE DES HAUTES ETUDES EN SANTE PUBLIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 261 791

UNIVERSITE DE CERGY-PONTOISE

France

EU Contribution

€ 122 666

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 202 812

UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 160 812

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 193 553

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 355 687

NEW EUROPE CENTER FOR REGIONAL STUDIES SDRUZHENIE

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 175 187

YEDITEPE UNIVERSITY VAKIF

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 97 287

FHS ST. GALLEN HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 649416

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2015

  • End date

    30 April 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 575 965

  • EU contribution

    € 1 985 711

Coordinated by:

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN

Germany

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