YOUTH TRANSITIONS. PROCESSES OF SOCIAL INCLUSION AND PATTERN
BENDIT, RENE / HAHN-BLEIBTREU, MARINA
What will become of todays young people in Australia, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America? Will they be supportive of the world they live in? Or are they doomed to be criminal drop-outs? The authors investigate to which extent different and contradictory trends of social modernisation and economic progress determine the biographical development and social integration of young people in different countries and world regions. Thus, the authors look at the role young people themselves can play in the future; either as constructive social actors or as a problematic and partly excluded group unable to face the challenges of a permanently changing world.
The contributions offer an overview of youth life and the challenges young people are facing growing up today in five different world regions: Australia, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. For this purpose, the following topical questions are answered:
To what extent can youth be considered as a societal resource in a global context, and the role of formal education, qualification and employment in this respect?
What are the potentialities of non-formal and informal learning in young peoples transitions to the labour market?
What are the links between youth transitions, patterns of vulnerability and processes of social inclusion/exclusion in unequal societies?
Youth between political participation, exclusion and instrumentalisation
What are the specific links between youth cultures, new technologies and democratic citizenship?
What should/could be the links between international youth policy networking and youth research? In other words, the role of governance and networking.
The national cases presented here are considered as prototypical for the different situations young people are confronted with in their societies.
From the Contents:
· Youth transition from education to work
· Potentials of non-formal and informal learning in young peoples transitions to the labour marketlearning in voluntary services
· Patterns of vulnerability and processes of social inclusion/exclusion
· Youth between political participation, exclusion and instrumentalisation
· Youth cultures and new technologies
· Regional research networks, governance and supra-national youth policy
Dr. René Bendit, International Research coooperation at the German Youth Institut, Munich, Germany, Lecturer at Free University Berlin, Germany, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. Guest professor at the Latin American Department of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Marina Hahn-Bleibtreu, National youth politics, Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, Vienna, Austria.