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. Supported by<br />Current European Youth Research AgendaChallenges and OpportunitiesKathryn McGarry<br />
  2. 2. Youth Research in Europe Today<br /><ul><li>Youth Research in Europe</li></ul>History, priorities, directions in national contexts<br /><ul><li>European Youth Research</li></ul>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<br />
  3. 3. Policy Frameworks & Research Directions<br /><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
  4. 4. European Commission’s Youth Strategy ‘Investing and Empowering’ (April 2009)
  5. 5. Council of Minister’s “Renewed Framework for European Co-operation in the Youth Field (2010-2018)
  6. 6. Partnership between Council of Europe and European Commission – EKCYP, Pool of European Youth Researchers</li></ul>Resonance for youth research today:<br /> Participation, opportunity, autonomy, mutual solidarity, social inclusion, equality…<br />
  7. 7. European Research Area<br /><ul><li>Promoting transnational research
  8. 8. Launched at Lisbon European Council in 2000
  9. 9. Further green paper on ERA in 2007
  10. 10. Actions of ERA include framework programmes - currently FP7</li></li></ul><li>Conceptual challenges and opportunities <br /><ul><li>EU policy level shaping research priorities – influencing pace and direction of research agenda (Lynne’s paper)
  11. 11. ‘Competition of rationalities’ (Beck, 1992)
  12. 12. Interface - cross-disciplinary, cross-sector, cross-specialisms – developments creating new theoretical and empirical frameworks
  13. 13. Cultural disconnections
  14. 14. Language politics (CL) – how is the evidence base developed/received?</li></li></ul><li>Challenges and Opportunities <br /><ul><li>New conceptualisations
  15. 15. Individualisation thesis – young people ‘choosing’ biographies – ‘responsibility’
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Economic and social capital – implicating abilities to construct worlds of imagination (CL)
  18. 18. Demanding new research questions</li></li></ul><li>Methodological Challenges and Opportunities <br /><ul><li>“European” research – holistic analyses
  19. 19. Making sense of local, national, European, global youth realities
  20. 20. Disembedded social relations – disembedded research? Demanding more creative and responsive methodologies
  21. 21. Researcher gaze –methodological designs (different ways of observing youth realities) - production of knowledge
  22. 22. A European gaze?
  23. 23. Views of users of youth research? Communication
  24. 24. Where are young people? Counted OR Connected?</li></li></ul><li>Directions for European youth research<br /> How critically reflexive and forward looking is European youth research today ???<br />