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Philippa Collin, Girish Lala & Leo Fieldgrass

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 14: Participation, Empowerment and Democracy: Engaging with Young People’s Views

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Participation, Empowerment and Democracy: Engaging with Young People’s Views
Participation, Empowerment and Democracy: Engaging with Young People’s Views
Philippa Collin Girish Lala Leo Fieldgrass

A key test of participatory initiatives and processes from the perspective of inclusive citizenship is whether they do challenge traditional power relations or simply reinforce them. (Lister, 2007: 439)

Introduction

One objective of youth work is to facilitate self-formation and awareness in young people through identification and fostering capabilities and agency. When focused on empowerment and enhanced civic engagement, youth work has an explicitly political dimension: to increase civic and political knowledge and skills, but also to foster the conditions by which young people can take action and make claims to citizenship. In its ...

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