Not done and dusted: agency and structure in youth participation

Black, Rosalyn 2014, Not done and dusted: agency and structure in youth participation, in TASA 2013 : Proceedings of the Conference on Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations - 50 years of Australian Sociology, The Australian Sociological Association, Hawthorn, Vic., pp. 1-12.

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Title Not done and dusted: agency and structure in youth participation
Author(s) Black, RosalynORCID iD for Black, Rosalyn orcid.org/0000-0001-5427-0565
Conference name The Australian Sociological Association. Conference (2013 : Caufield, Victoria)
Conference location Caufield, Victoria
Conference dates 25 - 28 Nov. 2013
Title of proceedings TASA 2013 : Proceedings of the Conference on Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations - 50 years of Australian Sociology
Publication date 2014
Conference series TASA Conference
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher The Australian Sociological Association
Place of publication Hawthorn, Vic.
Keyword(s) youth
citizenship
education
risk
agency
disadvantage
Summary Abstract A growing body of education policy and practice purports to educate young people to become reflexive citizens with the capacity to direct their own lives as well as to ‘make a difference’ in ways that improve the democratic fabric of society. This reinforces a discourse of youth agency that obscures the structural inequalities that continue to centrally influence some young people’s lives and to play themselves out in complex ways within schools. This paper discusses the findings of a recent study that employs concepts of risk and reflexive modernity to analyse the experience of young people in two Australian schools in areas of entrenched disadvantage where programs of youth participation have been introduced as part of the curriculum. It concludes that the debate about the relationship between agency and structure is one that is far from being done and dusted, but is one with which sociology must continue to engage.
Language eng
Field of Research 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2013, Rosalyn Black
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074858

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education
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