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Local Matters

How neighbourhoods and services affect the social inclusion and exclusion of young people in European cities

Edited By Simon Güntner, Louis Henri Seukwa, Anne Marie Gehrke and Jill Robinson

Where young people grow up makes a decisive difference to their life chances. Drawing on case studies from ten European cities, this book looks at how the local environment and the services available for young people affect their socialization. What comes to the fore are the local matters. On the one hand, there are experiences of discrimination and marginalization due to distance and isolation, decay and neglect but also related to piecemeal and top-down approaches to youth and social services. On the other, we find signs of positive transformation and drivers of social innovation: community building projects, the revitalization of abandoned places, appreciative approaches to servicing and a whole array of tactics that young people deploy to overcome their daily struggles.

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Editorial Note


This book is based on the collaborative work of research teams from ten European cities1 who contributed to the CITISPYCE project (“Combating Inequalities Through Innovative Social Practices of and for Young People in Cities across Europe”). The project ran from 2013 to 2016 and was co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Research and Development Framework. We would like to thank the European Commission for the opportunity to carry out this research and all partners for their engagement and the friendly and constructive way of collaborating. Complex interdisciplinary and transnational projects like CITISPYCE hold many challenges for administrators and researchers alike, and we were lucky to experience flexibilities, innovation and teamwork to make the project a success. We also wish to thank the over 600 people that participated in interviews and site visits for the insights they shared with us. Simon Güntner, Louis Henri Seukwa, Anne-Marie Gehrke and Jill Robinson, Hamburg and Birmingham, August 2017.←7 | 8→ ←8 | 9→

1 The participating cities were: Athens, Barcelona, Birmingham, Brno, Hamburg, Krakow, Malmö, Rotterdam, Sofia and Venice.

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