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

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Sharpe, D. 2018. The Making of Democratic Actors: Counting the Costs of Public Cuts in England on Young People’s Steps towards Citizenship. Societies. 8 (4), p. Art. 111.
AuthorsSharpe, D.
Abstract

This paper provides a synthesis of qualitative studies, examining youth empowerment projects and intiatives that have encouraged young people to have a voice in local, regional and national political debates. Specifically, the article examines the role of English youth services in building the spirit of citizenship in young people against the challenging question of the changing behavioural pattern and profiles of young English 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, and how English youth services understand and respond to the experiences of young people. The article presents the strengths 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.

JournalSocieties
Journal citation8 (4), p. Art. 111
ISSN2075-4698
Year2018
PublisherMDPI
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3390/soc8040111
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8040111
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Online09 Nov 2018
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Deposited05 Nov 2018
Accepted06 Nov 2018
Accepted06 Nov 2018
FunderNational Institute for Health Research
Copyright information© 2018 The author
LicenseCC BY 4.0
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