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.
A. Lopez Blasco is Head of Research at the Association of Regional and European Analysis in Valencia, Spain. W. McNeish is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland. A. Walther is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Regional Innovation and Social Research in Tubingen, Germany, and coordinator of the European research network EGRIS (European Group for Integrated Social Research).
4/6/03 from draft ts Contents: Introduction: young people and contradictions of inclusion Andreas Walther; Part One: Risks and contradictions in young people's transitions to work: Yo-yo-transitions and misleading trajectories: towards integrated transition policies for young adults in Europe Manuela du Bois-Reymond and Andreu Lopez Blasco; Youth unemployment and the risk of social exclusion: comparative analysis of qualitative data Thomas Kieselbach; Part Two: European research on young people and transition policies: Transition policies: strategies of actors and employment policies for young people in Europe Lorenzo Cachon Rodriguez; The European strategy for youth employment: a discursive analysis Amparo Serrano Pascual; State policies for youth unemployment in the European Union: rights, responsibilities and life-long learning Wallace McNeish and Patricia Loncle; Transitional labour markets and training: re-balancing flexibility and security for life-long learning Harm van Lieshout and Ton Wilthagen; The third sector: ghetto for the disadvantaged or springboard toward integration? Paul Burgess; The art of learning: empowerment through performing arts Steven Miles; Part Three: Dilemmas and perspectives of integrated transition policies: Empowerment or 'cooling out'? Dilemmas and contradictions of transition policies Andreas Walther; Competence and employability Sven Morch and Barbara Stalder; Of roofs and knives: the dilemmas of recognising informal learning Jose Machado Pais and Axel Pohl; Flexibility and security: the supposed dilemma of transition policies Barbara Stauber, Siyka Kovacheva and Harm van Lieshout; 'Disadvantage': transition policies between social construction and the needs of vulnerable youth Dermot Stokes and Rene Bendit.