In June 2017, Sami Zegnani, Senior lecturer at Université of Rennes 1 (France), published an article based on Partispace fieldwork, entitled “The functions of social reproduction filled by the Salafist movement” in the journal “le sociographe” Vol 2, n°58, 2017. Continue reading
Janet Batsleer has been asked to write for a University ‘public engagement’ online magazine about the local findings from Partispace in the context of the recent terrorist attack in Manchester.
Zulmir Becevic, PhD in Childhood Studies, lecturer and researcher at the Department of Social Work, University of Gothenburg will be co-authoring a book chapter in an antology on youth and urban exclusion, using Partispace data from the fieldwork in Gothenburg. Continue reading
Alessandro Martelli, Nicola Da Luigi and Ilaria Pitti have written a chapter based on the data collected within PARTISPACE entitled “New Forms of Solidarity Among and for Young People: An Ethnography of Youth Participation in Italy” for the book “Young People Re-Generating Politics in Times of Crises” edited by Sarah Pickard and Judith Bessant. The book will be out in July for Palgrave. Continue reading
Abstract: Young feminists online: political and social participation and feminist activism
McMahon, Gráinne and Batsleer, Janet
There are well-established historical trends that show that new and emerging forms of media are able to disrupt and then transform political and social opinion and discourse and have the capacity to break down social hierarchies in order to challenge dominant socio-cultural and political norms. Social media or “new digital media” are part of this trend and influence a reshape of socio-cultural and political norms, practices and discourses through awareness-raising, activism, and debate. Recent research has found that social media have considerable potential to engage, empower and activate young women in particular. These online spaces are often women-only and explicitly feminist (‘safe spaces’) and central to political and social activism in terms of women’s rights. The question remains, however, about how that effect evolves, and intersects with more traditional forms of activism, and ‘how and under what conditions these new digital platforms relate to citizen activism and protest politics’ (Valenzuela, 2013, p. 921).
Drawing on historic accounts of women-led spaces and public activism as generative of feminist movement, as well as accounts of contemporary online activism drawn from our current research in Manchester and Ireland, this paper explores how ‘safe enough spaces’ are mobilised for political and social activism and perspectives on the impacts of such spaces on political and social change.
Abstract “Non-Formal Spaces of Socio-Cultural Accompaniment: Responding to Young Unaccompanied Refugees: Reflections from the Partispace Project”
The so called “refugee crisis” hit Europe and the PARTISpace-countries became actors in the direct confrontation with (civil) wars, armed conflicts and poverty on a global dimension. The German (Frankfurt), Swedish (Gothenburg) and English (Manchester) teams decided to write an article about the ongoing discourse and its deposit in actual participatory activities on, with and for refugees – especially unaccompanied minor refugees. The following outlook comes from a perspective of the Frankfurt team and focuses on the incidents for, with and against refugees, but also frames the impact on the debate in Germany more specifically in Frankfurt. Continue reading
The 2015 EU Youth Report was published on 15 September 2015. It presents a full picture of the situation of young people in Europe, with a special chapter dedicated to youth participation. Continue reading