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