Youth Research Policy Agendas

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Kathryn McGarry on the European Youth Research Policy Frameworks and Agendas. Presentation at the M.A. EYS Short Course in February 2011.

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Youth Research Policy Agendas

  1. 1. Current European Youth Research Agenda Challenges and Opportunities Kathryn McGarry Supported by
  2. 2. Youth Research in Europe Today <ul><li>Youth Research in Europe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History, priorities, directions in national contexts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>European Youth Research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>allowing for a European wide understanding and knowledge of youth to develop shaped by social, political, economic changes and contributing back to a broader understanding of these changes and what they mean for youth studies </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Policy Frameworks & Research Directions <ul><li>“ The future of the Council of Europe youth policy: AGENDA 2020” and the Committee of Ministers in its Resolution 2008 (23) on the youth policy of the Council of Europe </li></ul><ul><li>European Commission ’ s Youth Strategy ‘ Investing and Empowering ’ (April 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Council of Minister ’ s “ Renewed Framework for European Co-operation in the Youth Field (2010-2018) </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership between Council of Europe and European Commission – EKCYP, Pool of European Youth Researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Resonance for youth research today: </li></ul><ul><li>Participation, opportunity, autonomy, mutual solidarity, social inclusion, equality… </li></ul>
  4. 4. European Research Area <ul><li>Promoting transnational research </li></ul><ul><li>Launched at Lisbon European Council in 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Further green paper on ERA in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Actions of ERA include framework programmes - currently FP7 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Conceptual challenges and opportunities <ul><li>EU policy level shaping research priorities – influencing pace and direction of research agenda (Lynne ’ s paper) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Competition of rationalities ’ (Beck, 1992) </li></ul><ul><li>Interface - cross-disciplinary, cross-sector, cross-specialisms – developments creating new theoretical and empirical frameworks </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural disconnections </li></ul><ul><li>Language politics (CL) – how is the evidence base developed/received? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Challenges and Opportunities <ul><li>New conceptualisations </li></ul><ul><li>Individualisation thesis – young people ‘ choosing ’ biographies – ‘ responsibility ’ </li></ul><ul><li>Social imagination growing – imagining a number of different biographies – implications of the ‘ reflexive project of the self ’ (Giddens, 1991) for the research agenda and research frameworks </li></ul><ul><li>Economic and social capital – implicating abilities to construct worlds of imagination (CL) </li></ul><ul><li>Demanding new research questions </li></ul>
  7. 7. Methodological Challenges and Opportunities <ul><li>“ European ” research – holistic analyses </li></ul><ul><li>Making sense of local, national, European, global youth realities </li></ul><ul><li>Disembedded social relations – disembedded research? Demanding more creative and responsive methodologies </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher gaze –methodological designs (different ways of observing youth realities) - production of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>A European gaze? </li></ul><ul><li>Views of users of youth research? Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Where are young people? Counted OR Connected? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Directions for European youth research <ul><li>How critically reflexive and forward looking is European youth research today ??? </li></ul>

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