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Contextual Approaches in Sociology

Adela Elena Popa, Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Tomas Butvilas

Contextual Approaches in Sociology is a collection of essays on a wide range of sociological issues written by researchers from several different institutions. The volume presents applications of grounded theory, social capital, education, social rituals and gender issues. It will appeal to a wide range of academic leadership, including educators, researchers, social students and teachers, who wish to develop personally and professionally. It will also be useful to all those who interact with students and teachers in a sociological context.
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Participation of Youth in the Decision-Making Process for the Design and Planning of Urban Public Spaces: The Case of a Street and a Shopping Mall



Young people pass through a transitional age, which, as a period of life, is somewhere between childhood and adulthood (Weller, 2003). In the representation of ‘youth’ in popular discourse, there is contradiction and complexity. They are seen both as hopes for the future and also potential threats for the permanence and stability of society. Armağan (2004) argues that youths are the most dynamic and the most energetic segment of a society. However, they are also one of the most problematic segments, as they are affected by social problems most of the time. Therefore, it is impossible to isolate the problems of youth from the problems of society in general.

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