The style thematic group is interested in how styles of participation can be compared across the case studies of youth participation in eight European cities included in PARTISPACE. The notion of style is concerned with the performance of participation or put more simply the ‘how and the what’ of participation. The focus of analysis is primarily at the group level, using a grounded theory approach the group has compared the case studies in terms of repertories of practices, reasons and aims, internal/external relationships and political meaning. Researchers from this thematic group are working towards the second draft of the thematic report, consisting of a state of the art section, which outlines the relationship between style and participation at a conceptual level, followed by four analytical chapters each primarily comparing two case studies. Researchers from the style thematic group are looking forward to bringing the material together and thinking about what the implications are for how they can understand the relationship between styles and participation, also more broadly, the considerations for policy and practice.
On 14th December 2017 at the meeting of the National Institute of Youth and Community Education (INJEP) in Paris, Céline Martin, University of Cergy-Pontoise, EMA, will present the first findings of PARTISPACE research, with a focus on public concerned and European perspectives from the comparative case study report of the research project.
Find out the whole programm (in French) and the abstract below:
Nowadays, there is a wide range of young people styles of participation in the city life. Many surveys on this topic are highlighting this issue in France. The last few years have been marked by a lot of changes concerning citizen practices, which is questioning again the relationship to politics and democracy. We are especially observing a significant increase of engagement in collective’s movements or associations.
Some new spaces of democracy, of exchanges and some initiatives strengthening participation of citizen are at the margin of traditional political parties, in the public space or on the internet…
From a generational point of view, to what extent do young people have a specific relationship with democracy and politics? Who are those young people, what are their motivations? Are they innovating in a way of doing politics, what are these news forms of participation? What instruments are set up to develop and renew this citizen participation? Finally, are these experimental practices revitalizing democracy or, on the contrary, weakening it?
It is in this context that Céline Martin will present the first results of PARTISPACE. The statement will focus on the profiles of young people met in the case studies and on motivation of young people to participate.
The PARTISPACE consortium is pleased to announce the final conference meeting of the project that will be held the 18th of April 2018 at the High School of Public health campus located in Paris. For directions to the venue, click here. In the presence of the European Commission (REA), European research stakeholders, policy makers and practitioners in the field of youth, this conference will present the final results of the research including implications for policy and practice.
The program will be available soon for download!
In the X ESPAnet-Italia Conference, Forlì, 21-23th September 2017, Nicola De Luigi and Valeria Piro presented a paper titled Volontariato e attivismo. Due logiche a confronto nelle esperienze di mutualismo all’interno degli spazi sociali auto-gestiti (Volunteering and activism. Comparing two logics in the mutualistic experiences inside self-organized social centers). Continue reading
On 9th-10th September 2017, The research team from the University of Yeditepe (Turkey) organized a workshop with the Youth Rights Association in Eskişehir with prominent names from youth work and youth participation field in Turkey: (in alphabetical order: Burcu Oy, Evren Sener Ünal, Necmettin Yemiş, Nurdan Terzioğlu and Musa Çopur alongside with PARTISPACE researchers Demet Lüküslü and Berrin Osmanoğlu ). After fruitful discussions on how to advocate youth rights and how to integrate the knowledge gained from PARTISPACE research on youth participation, the participants decided to design a “tool” based on the Council of Europe’s “Take a Step Further”.
On 8th May 2017, in the frame of the 6th consortium meeting in Frankfurt, The PARTISPACE consortium visited the NaXoshalle Bornheim where Stefan Mohr – a social worker by the city of Frankfurt / Main – works with young people to create a constructive approach to deal with graffiti. A participative approach is used to work with young people, therefore projects are designed with young people together.
From 8th to 10th November 2017, the 10 teams of the PARTISPACE project met at the Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) for the 6th consortium meeting. Five months from the end of the project, partners were glad to receive Gudrun Quenzel, reviewer of PARTISPACE for a presentation of the progress in the research especially concerning the local case studies (work package 4), the action-research process (WP5) and the ongoing analysis phase (work package 6). Discussions included sharing about how to get an impact on policy-makers and practitioners, and how the results of the project will help policy makers and youth workers to increase youth participation?
Since space is at the heart of the PARTISPACE project, the thematic group space has a great amount of empirical data at its disposal. The group is working to develop an analytical framework that contains different concepts useful for a spatial understanding of youth participation.
Reflection springs from two main research questions. The first one focuses on how young people make use of different spaces in the city. This investigation is based on the micro-level and is centered on spatial practices. These are practices related to the appropriation of spaces, places and/or territories in the city by young people. Within this topic, it seems to be relevant to stress also the sensorial aspects of these embodied practices.
The second research question concerns how the spatial practices connect young people to the city. This is a discussion on a more general and abstract level where the group of researchers explores spatial imaginaries, that is how young people imagine or – more specifically – represent their cities including their and other people’s place(s) in urban spaces. They are using examples from all eight cities involved in the project and link them to one another by constructing a ‘topography’ of young people’s participatory practices.
Young European citizens are at the heart of a ‘crisis of representative democracy’ and, according to recent accounts, distrusting of political systems, institutions, and social elites (e.g. Newton, 2001; Mishler and Rose, 1997; Seligman, 1997; Kaase, Newton and Scarbrough, 1996). However, it is plausible that this claim arises from an institution-led normative understanding of youth participation and not from an analysis of what young people actively do for themselves, their community and wider society. Against this backdrop, and aiming at a deeper understanding of an individual’s life as a social being part of a larger sociocultural context, a focus on individual biography is essential in order to explore the “told life” (i.e. subjective meaning making with regard to one’s individual life course and the participation experiences embedded within it).
The aim of the biographical analysis is to explore the relationship between biographies and young people’s styles and spaces of participation. The analysis conceives of social and political participation as a crucial element of a young person’s biography and, vice versa, argues that the biography is integral to participation experiences. The analysis, which includes 16 biographies across the eight European cities, is twofold. First, we explore how participation trajectories (careers) emerge and develop differently, why young people decide to engage and for how long, and who (significant others) or what (turning point) contribute/ support this decision and in what way. Second, we explore the ways in which biographical experiences relate to and bring about young people’s participation, based on the idea that a biography is a subjective construction of a life story, and an ongoing and changing identity process that over time links the past, present and future in terms of subjective meaning and continuity.
You want to know more about the main findings of the case studies in Manchester?
Watch the video clip of Alexandre Pais, researcher at the Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)