Perspectives on youth, issue 2
"Connections and disconnections"
The theme of this issue of Perspectives on youth is “Connections and disconnections”. Our authors have contributed articles on migration, employment mobility, new familial relations, the Internet and new media, young people’s social and political engagement, their connections with their own countries, with Europe or the wider world, and intercultural contacts in general, and others besides.
They address the potential benefts but also the tensions and contradictions that are inherent in contemporary social, cultural, economic and technological changes. Such changes are creating opportunities for young people to connect in new and positive ways with other young people, with their families and communities and with social institutions, in ways that increasingly “cross borders” of various kinds. But it is also clear that these changes do not always take place in a smooth or mutually complementary way: expanded opportunities are not necessarily enhanced opportunities; increased participation in education has not translated into more and better employment prospects; societies and communities are increasingly diverse and yet some perceive this as a threat rather than an opportunity. A related question arises as to whether the policies that are designed both to shape and respond to young people’s circumstances and the resulting practices are themselves appropriately connected or disconnected with each other.
- Introduction by the editorial team
- “Sniffin’ glue” – scanning some horizons for youth policy in 2020 by Howard Williamson
- Will the Arab youth reap the harvest of the “string” any day soon? by Abdeslam Badre
- Youth and politics: towards a new model of citizenship in advanced democracies by Anne Muxel
- Social contexts of political (non‑)participation among Slovenian youth by Metka Kuhar and Tanja Oblak Črnič
- Connecting to the future: the role of spatial mobilities in young people’s imagined biographies by Simona Isabella and Giuliana Mandich
- What lies behind school failure, youth gangs and disconnections with the host society for the second generation? The case of young people of Latin American origin in Spain by Maria Ron Balsera
- Youth initiatives in the context of extremism: the Chechnya case by Evgeniya Goryushina
- Responding to youth crime: reconnecting the disconnected by Jonathan Evans
- Children at risk: the effects of socio-economic background and family dissolution on children’s school engagement, and the mediating role of family connections by Nele Havermans, Sarah Botterman and Koen Matthijs
- Internet addiction disorder among adolescents and young adults: the picture in Europe and prevention strategies by Katerina Flora
- Working in co-working spaces: the social and economic engagement of European youth by Marko Orel
- Interview with MEP Doris PACK
- Interview with Peter MATJAŠIČ, president of the European Youth Forum
- About the editorial team
- List of contributors
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