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Societies 2018, 8(4), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8040111

The Making of Democratic Actors: Counting the Costs of Public Cuts in England on Young People’s Steps towards Citizenship

The Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD), University of East London (UEL), London E15 4LZ, UK
Received: 1 August 2018 / Revised: 3 November 2018 / Accepted: 6 November 2018 / Published: 9 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth and Social and Political Action in a Time of Austerity)
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This paper provides a synthesis of qualitative studies, examining youth empowerment projects and initiatives that have encouraged young people to have a voice in local, regional, and national political debates. Specifically, the article examines the role of English youth services in building the spirit of citizenship in young people against the challenging question of the changing behavioural pattern and profiles of young English electorates. To do this, the paper draws on four case studies to help rethink the critical moments for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in their journeys towards citizenship, and how English youth services understand and respond to the experiences of young people. The article presents the strengths and limitations of the youth sector to enrich and furnish the spirit of citizenship in today’s youth, and argues for a more innovative role in the part played by the state in an era of austerity. View Full-Text
Keywords: Citizenship; young people; participatory research; political participation Citizenship; young people; participatory research; political participation
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Sharpe, D. The Making of Democratic Actors: Counting the Costs of Public Cuts in England on Young People’s Steps towards Citizenship. Societies 2018, 8, 111.

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