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The Making of Democratic Actors: Counting the Costs of Public Cuts in the UK on Young People’s Steps Towards Citizenship

Version 1 : Received: 1 August 2018 / Approved: 1 August 2018 / Online: 1 August 2018 (14:23:21 CEST)

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Sharpe, D. The Making of Democratic Actors: Counting the Costs of Public Cuts in England on Young People’s Steps towards Citizenship. Societies 2018, 8, 111. Sharpe, D. The Making of Democratic Actors: Counting the Costs of Public Cuts in England on Young People’s Steps towards Citizenship. Societies 2018, 8, 111.

Journal reference: Societies 2018, 8, 111
DOI: 10.3390/soc8040111

Abstract

This paper provides a synthesis of qualitative studies, examining youth empowerment projects and initiatives which have encouraged young people to have a voice in local, regional and national political debates. Specifically, the article examines the role of UK youth services in building the spirit of citizenship in young people against the challenging question of the changing behaviour pattern and profiles of young British electorates. To do this, the paper draws on four case studies to help rethink the critical moments for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in their journeys towards citizenship. The article, presents the advantages and limitations of the youth sector to enrich and furnish the spirit of citizenship in today’s youth and argues for a more innovative role in the part played by the state in an era of austerity.

Subject Areas

Citizenship, Young People, Participatory Research, Political Participation

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