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Young people and contradictions of inclusionTowards Integrated Transition Policies in Europe$
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Andreu Lopez Blasco, Wallace McNeish, and Andreas Walther

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345547

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.001.0001

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‘Disadvantage’: transition policies between social construction and the needs of vulnerable youth

‘Disadvantage’: transition policies between social construction and the needs of vulnerable youth

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(p.261) Fourteen ‘Disadvantage’: transition policies between social construction and the needs of vulnerable youth
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Young people and contradictions of inclusion
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René Bendit

Dermot Stokes

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.003.0014

This chapter discusses the notion of ‘disadvantaged youth’, which often serves to hide rather than to explain who is affected by transition risks, something that makes it difficult to address such risks adequately. In this regard, policy actors relate young people's vulnerability in transitions to work to the social construction of disadvantage through modes of ascription and compensation. The discussion includes local partnerships and networks as well as holistic approaches addressing the whole person. It also addresses the issue of the way in which specific policy approaches for the disadvantaged often entail the risk of stigmatisation and demotivation as well.

Keywords:   disadvantaged youth, stigmatisation, transition risks, demotivation, young people, work transition

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