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Youth work, agonistic democracy and transgressive enjoyment in England

Bright, Graham, Pugh, Carole and Clarke, Matthew (2017) Youth work, agonistic democracy and transgressive enjoyment in England. In: Pickard, Sarah and Bessant, Judith, (eds.) Young People Re-Generating Politics in Times of Crises. Palgrave studies in young people and politics . London, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 315-332

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Abstract

Concerns abound in media and political commentary regarding the purported political apathy
of youth. This chapter shares the narratives of active engagement with politics on the part of a
number of young people, as part of their efforts to resist the threats to youth services posed by
the discourses and practices of neoliberal austerity. The analysis in the chapter links the
young people’s engagement to the tenets of agonistic models of democracy, namely
pluralism, contestation and tragedy. The chapter concludes with consideration of the
implications of participants’ narrated experiences for the study of politics and political
engagement in coming years.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: 'This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319582498’
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58250-4
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
School/Department: School of Education
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2063

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