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Transitions and Participation
chapterposted on 2023-02-15, 00:29 authored by Anita HarrisAnita Harris, H Cuervo, J Wyn
This chapter explores the work that categorical, universalising and substantialist conceptions of transition and participation do in youth studies. Dominant concepts of transition invoke the stages and milestones that mark the trajectory from childhood to adulthood, and youth participation invokes appropriate practices for young people’s ‘expression’ through these stages. The chapter draws on Indigenous authors whose use of relational concepts of belonging bring a critical understanding of young people’s participation in the institutions with which they must engage. Analysis of gendered trajectories and global transition regimes shows how a re-framing of youth transitions and participation, using the affordances of relational concepts of belonging, recognises the complex processes that connect young people, meaningfully, to their worlds.