This chapter explores young people’s meaning-making, identity-work and finding of ‘the self’ in narratives of participation. Young people’s meaning-making in the context of participation biographies was concerned with how they made sense of and drew upon their past selves, considered their present and evolving selves, and set out their imagined and desired selves in the future. The dimensions are ‘features’ of participation biographies and aspects of biographical constructions that illustrate the relationships between reconstructed biographies and participation, particularly in the context of identity-work and ‘the self’. Drawing upon reconstructions of young people’s biographical interviews, it considers the ways in which participation is an integral part of young people’s ‘process of becoming’ as they make sense of their past, their present and their imagined future, in participatory settings. Past experiences of institutions, caught up in the sense of belonging and empowerment explored, and particularly of formal institutions, also influenced young people’s participatory activities over time.
|Title of host publication||Young People and the Struggle for Participation|
|Subtitle of host publication||Contested Practices, Power and Pedagogies in Public Spaces|
|Editors||Andreas Walther, Janet Batsleer, Patricia Loncle, Axel Pohl|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jul 2019|