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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(2), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7020031

Youth Work in Turkey: A Sector Newly Emerging and Marked by Political Competition

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Sociology Department, Yeditepe University, Istanbul 34755, Turkey
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CRESPPA-LabToP, University Paris 8, Paris CEDEX 17, France
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Received: 23 January 2018 / Revised: 13 February 2018 / Accepted: 21 February 2018 / Published: 24 February 2018
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Abstract

Youth work is a very recent field in Turkey and the evolution of the field has been very much influenced by the European institutions, especially with the European Union candidacy process of Turkey. Youth work in Turkey can be analyzed in three different layers since the central government, local government (municipalities) and civil society organization all have youth work activities. During our Horizon 2020 PARTISPACE research project, we conducted ethnographic research to shed light on the local characteristics of youth work in a central Anatolian city in Turkey. The cases we discuss in the scope of this paper based on our ethnographic research includes two youth centers, one run by a central government agency, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the other by a local municipality run by the party of opposition. The study reveals the influence of local dynamics and political competition in the development of youth policy and youth work. Our research demonstrates that, even if youth work is not a priority in the public policy agenda, it has become an object of political competition in Turkey. View Full-Text
Keywords: youth work; political competition; youth center; Turkey youth work; political competition; youth center; Turkey
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Lüküslü, D.; Osmanoğlu, B. Youth Work in Turkey: A Sector Newly Emerging and Marked by Political Competition. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 31.

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