The chapter contributes to discourses of youth participation with respect to understanding what forms of participation might make a difference for marginalised young people living in the context of structural inequality. Drawing on Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) and Critical Utopian Action Research (CUAR), the chapter makes a case for a transformational learning approach to participation that involves learning and change at both an individual level and in professional interventions with marginalised young people. The chapter presents a case study with young people engaged in criminal and violent activities. This case study provides an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and possibilities of using ‘alternative’, transformative, action-based interpretations of youth participation and empowerment involving social learning rooted in professional encounters with young people’s lifeworlds.
|Title of host publication||Young people's participation|
|Subtitle of host publication||Revisiting youth and inequalities in Europe|
|Editors||Maria Bruselius-Jensen, Ilaria Pitti, E. Kay M. Tisdall|
|Number of pages||18|
|ISBN (Print)||9781447345411, 9781447345435|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Mar 2021|