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The third sector: ghetto for the disadvantaged or springboard toward integration?

Paul Burgess

in Young people and contradictions of inclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9781861345547
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304357 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.003.0008
The third sector: ghetto for the disadvantaged or springboard toward integration?

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Referring to a study involving four European countries, this chapter assesses the potentials that third-sector initiatives may have for young people who face the risk of exclusion in the transition to the labour market. The question ‘ghetto for the disadvantaged or springboard?’ refers to the vulnerable structure of third-sector organisations, which may curtail these positive potentials, although cross-country comparison shows that this vulnerability may be compensated for by supportive legislation. Rather than acting as a ‘job machine’, the third sector serves as an empowering springboard for young people, due to its informal structures.

Keywords: third-sector initiatives; labour market; social exclusion; supportive legislation; Europe

Chapter.  6938 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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