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Jongerenparticipatie : over doelen, middelen en stokpaardjes

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Youth participation: On goals, means and tokensThis paper foregrounds the notion U+2018participationU+2019 in the context of formal social reaction to youth crime.The concept has been central in discussions about youth justice, chiefly in relation to childrenU+2019s rightsand interventions towards young people and their families.The notion U+2018participationU+2019 as such has different origins, interpretations and applications. Especially inthe context of reactions to youth crime, there is a tension between the core rationales of U+2018participationU+2019and the goals and conventions of youth justice institutions. Nevertheless, U+2018participationU+2019 is central in theactivating and responsibilising discourses and it came more prominently to the fore during the implementationof the most recent reform of youth justice (U+2018Youth Delinquency DecreeU+2019).In the article, we outline the concept of (youth) participation and its different meanings as such, to thenzoom in on individual participation in institutional trajectories of minors. We unpack the different rationalesof U+2018participationU+2019, discuss how it is integrated in the context of juvenile justice and highlight thecorresponding paradoxes. We aim to stimulate a discussion about the premises, goals and prerequisitesfor meaningful youth participation.
Tijdschrift: PANOPTICON
ISSN: 0771-1409
Issue: 1
Volume: 41
Pagina's: 54 - 68
Jaar van publicatie:2020