The constraints of youth: young people, active citizenship and the experience of marginalisation

Hickey, Andrew and Pauli-Myler, Tanya (2017) The constraints of youth: young people, active citizenship and the experience of marginalisation. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. ISSN 0159-6306


This paper charts the experiences of a group of young people and their involvement in a local government initiative to engage young people in public decision-making. Activated through a youth leaders’ council that sought to influence and inform local government decision-making, the participating young people were given responsibility for enacting focus projects in collaboration with local government personnel. However, this method of simply bringing young people together with local government decision-makers did not automatically alter the way that decisions came to be made and ironically resulted in interactions that went some way to further reinforce existing perceptions of young people as incapable in situations of public administration. This paper reports on a case example detailing an interaction between the youth leaders and local government councillors, and will suggest that the experience of the young people involved in the youth leaders’ council can be understood against a dynamic of ‘constraint’.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 14 July 2017. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version as per publisher's policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 04:40
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2018 04:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: active citizenship, constraint, local government, young people, youth council, youth leaders
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2017.1351920

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