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Youth and social justice in UK policy: spaces for youth voice and participation or new hegemonic constructions?

Milbourne, Linda (2010) Youth and social justice in UK policy: spaces for youth voice and participation or new hegemonic constructions? Forum21: European Journal on Child and Youth Research (6), pp. 30-39. ISSN 1611-1397.

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Abstract

Recent UK youth policy, which has promoted the involvement of young people in designing projects and services, in democratic participation and voluntary action, has generated renewed public and academic interest. While the resulting developments indicate a shift towards including young people more in decisions about their lives, the future of many of these projects is now uncertain, as the new Coalition government prioritises a programme of significantly reduced local spending. Despite discussion on these strategies, little research to date has seriously considered young people’s position in debates on social justice. This article seeks to do this, drawing on recent research with young people in community-based organisations, to consider young people’s perceptions of recent policy initiatives and the extent to which they experience a greater sense of empowerment in the new policy spaces offered.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2012 15:07
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5702

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