Perspectives on Youth
The series included research articles, well-founded essays, or opinion pieces. It aimed to function as an information, discussion, reflection and dialogue forum on European developments in the field of youth policy, youth research and youth work.
From the deep and damaging dysfunction of the economy and the political inconsistency that promotes mobility as an asset, only to be countered by a re-drawing of xenophobia, it is a hard task to describe clear perspectives for the future. It is though a responsible task to identify the high impact issues that are and will most likely to affect young people – describe and debate them - and put them to the test cross-culturally. It is purposeful and creative to draw together analysis, drawn from quality research ; mix in some opinion and vision, and sprinkle over it all some healthy cynicism.
"Connections and disconnections" is the title of the second issue of Perspectives on youth. This broad denominator refers to the significance of disruption and change in the contemporary lives of young people. This issue reflects on a particular instance of connection and disconnection in the lives of young people. Possible topics are migration, 'employment mobility', marriage and new familial relations, internet and new media, social and political engagements of young people, their connection with their country, Europe or the world beyond, and transcultural contacts.
"Healthy Europe: confidence and uncertainty for young people in contemporary Europe" is the title of the 3rd issue of Perspectives on youth. It seeks to explore the concept of a healthy Europe and the extent to which it can help us understand or respond to current challenges. We wonder whether prevailing conceptions of health and how it can be achieved are too narrow.
Youth participation in the digitalised world is nowadays a topic of high interest in the public sphere. The authors of this publication aim to bring new perspectives and varied visions to the key questions of understanding how young people interact with all the opportunities the digital space has to offer, and how they can use this space for causes relevant not only for themselves, but also for the democratisation of the societies in which they live. By doing so, the authors strive to build knowledge on this topic, illustrating how the digitalisation of contemporary European societies simultaneously offers significant opportunities and poses considerable challenges.