Transformative participation in the lifeworlds of marginalised youth: learning for change

Mette Bladt, Barry Percy-Smith

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYoung people's participation
Subtitle of host publicationRevisiting youth and inequalities in Europe
EditorsMaria Bruselius-Jensen, Ilaria Pitti, E. Kay M. Tisdall
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781447345442
ISBN (Print)9781447345411, 9781447345435
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2021


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