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Young People at the Centre

Participation and Social Change

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“Youth participation” is a popular buzzword in today’s development lexicon. But when is it a practical instrument of development, and when is it mere window-dressing? What does it mean in today’s rapidly changing societies – participation in change itself? This lively and provocative book draws together a host of experiences and views on the subject, from agencies and individuals in diverse fields. Perhaps the strongest message that emerges is that youth participation can be practiced in any setting, on any scale. But it rarely is. This prompts some contributors to ask, are young people the last group in society to suffer “legitimate” discrimination?

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Foreword

Most of the world is young. The rest of us have all been young. But it is easy to forget that we are young in a particular social setting.

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