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

René Bendit and Dermot Stokes

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/9781861345547.003.0014
‘Disadvantage’: transition policies between social construction and the needs of vulnerable youth

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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

Chapter.  8871 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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