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Philosophical and Youth-Studies Perspectives on the Participation Imperative (2020)

Kiilakoski, Tomi; Kaukko, Mervi; Huttunen, Rauno; Heikkinen, Hannu L. T. (2020). Philosophical and Youth-Studies Perspectives on the Participation Imperative. In Strand, Torill (Eds.) Rethinking Ethical-Political Education (pp. 29-43). Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education, 16. Cham: Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-49524-4_3

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All authors or editors: Kiilakoski, Tomi; Kaukko, Mervi; Huttunen, Rauno; Heikkinen, Hannu L. T.

Parent publication: Rethinking Ethical-Political Education

Parent publication editors: Strand, Torill

ISBN: 978-3-030-49523-7

eISBN: 978-3-030-49524-4

Journal or series: Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education

ISSN: 2214-9759

eISSN: 2214-9767

Publication year: 2020

Number in series: 16

Pages range: 29-43

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-49524-4_3

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In this article we analyse the concept of participation. The analysis is informed by both quantitative and qualitative youth studies conducted in Finland. To analyse different aspects of participation special emphasis is placed on the migrant young seeking asylum. Young can be seen as sometimes engaged and disengaged from the existing forms of participating. The results of the youth studies also show that there seems to be a gap between representative democracy and the peer-group-based forms of participation of the young. To analyse in detail how this gap can be understood, the theory of recognition developed by Axel Honneth is used to pinpoint different arenas of participation. Honneth’s levels of recognition – family, civil society and the state – can be used to reformulate the results of the youth studies, which show that personal relations and work life continue to be important for the young, while the interest in the traditional political participation is diminishing.

Keywords: participation; complicity; migrants; asylum seekers; young people; status of the youth; youth research; interpersonal relations; labour market relationships; public affairs; political participation

Free keywords: participation; recognition; youth studies; migrant youths; politics

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