Empowering Young People in Disempowering Times
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Empowering Young People in Disempowering Times

Fighting Inequality Through Capability Oriented Policy

Edited by Hans-Uwe Otto, Valerie Egdell, Jean-Michel Bonvin and Roland Atzmüller

Following the 2008 economic crisis, the situation for young people deteriorated dramatically in many European countries. Employment and training opportunities have reduced, and levels of poverty and social exclusion have increased. This book evaluates both institutional frameworks and programmes as well as the quantitative and qualitative basis of judgements in European youth policies that dominate current strategies. This book evaluates both institutional frameworks and programmes as well as the quantitative and qualitative basis of judgements in European youth policies.
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Chapter 13: Interventions of feminist youth work: towards participatory parity?

Bettina Haidinger

Abstract

Girls work and gender sensitive pedagogics in youth work have become state-of-the-art principles in professional social work with young people. It is widely acknowledged that girls and boys use and need different offers of (local and public) support and leisure activities. The gender mainstreaming of youth work was a result of politicised struggles of feminist activists and professionals in youth work with the aim to enhance participatory parity and social justice. The contribution recapitulates guiding principles of feminist youth work in the light of the Capability Approach and Fraser's concept of participatory parity. From this background the chapter will discuss challenges of contemporary gender-sensitive youth work taking into account current projects and discourses with, for and about girls. The chapter draws on empirical evidence from a case study on gender-sensitive youth work in Vienna using participatory field access.

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