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Young people and contradictions of inclusion : Towards Integrated Transition Policies in Europe - Andreu López Blasco

Young people and contradictions of inclusion

Towards Integrated Transition Policies in Europe

By: Andreu López Blasco (Editor), Wallace McNeish (Editor), Andreas Walther (Editor)

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Published: 22nd December 2003
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Young people and contradictions of inclusion critically assesses policies addressing young people's transitions from school to employment. It presents and discusses the findings of seven EU-funded projects involving 13 countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Using a biographical approach, the book: - integrates the perspectives of social policy, sociology, youth and transition research, and education and labour market research; - compares policy and practice in a variety of European national contexts; - explores the dilemmas of policies for the inclusion of young people; - suggests that a holistic Integrated Transition Policy, which puts young people's subjective experience at its centre, can provide an alternative to current policies and practice; This book is aimed at academics and students in social policy, sociology, education, economics and political science who are interested in policy analysis with regard to young people. The overview of recent trends also makes it relevant for practitioners and policy makers in the field.

"This book provides valuable insights into young people's transitions to work in modern societies, and into the (in)adequacies of policies intended to support these transitions. With its main objectives, to develop a more qualitative, holistic approach to young people's transitions and to bridge the gap between transition research and policy, the book raises challenging issues for social scientists and policy makers." Rik van Berkel, Department of General Social Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

List of figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
Introduction: young people and contradictions of inclusionp. 1
Risks and contradictions in young people's transitions to workp. 17
Yo-yo transitions and misleading trajectories: towards Integrated Transition Policies for young adults in Europep. 19
Youth unemployment and the risk of social exclusion: comparative analysis of qualitative datap. 43
Young people and transition policies in Europep. 65
Transition policies: strategy of actors and employment policies for young people in Europep. 67
The European strategy for youth employment: a discursive analysisp. 85
State policy and youth unemployment in the EU: rights, responsibilities and lifelong learningp. 105
Transitional Labour Markets and training: rebalancing flexibility and security for lifelong learningp. 127
The third sector: ghetto for the disadvantaged or springboard toward integration?p. 145
The art of learning: empowerment through performing artsp. 163
Dilemmas and perspectives of Integrated Transition Policiesp. 181
Empowerment or 'cooling out'? Dilemmas and contradictions of Integrated Transition Policiesp. 183
Competence and employabilityp. 205
Of roofs and knives: the dilemmas of recognising informal learningp. 223
Flexibility and security: the supposed dilemma of transition policiesp. 243
'Disadvantage': transition policies between social construction and the needs of vulnerable youthp. 261
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9781861345547
ISBN-10: 1861345542
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 22nd December 2003
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57