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Taking a holistic and multidisciplinary method this booklet identifies and analyzes the criteria which advertise or discourage social inclusion of youth in today’s society. It severely examines the discriminatory attitudes in the direction of youth, and specializes in the 'problem' of adults instead of the 'problem' of youngsters themselves. The authors ask looking questions on society's potential and willingness to be extra socially which includes teenagers by way of coverage and perform, and discover the level to which adolescents have entry to prestige, rights and obligations as teenagers. demanding present thought the e-book covers matters including: citizenship, schooling, rights, adolescence transactions, drug use, homelessness, teenage being pregnant and unemployment. Incorporating the perspectives and experiences of youth themselves, the ebook highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the educational contribution and indicates methods ahead for a extra inclusive society.

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Bad citizens’ were defined as selfish, uncaring, lazy and lacking in respect. This was summed up by a 16 year-old ‘insider’ white male who saw a ‘bad citizen’ as: someone that’s all take and no give, basically. Not participating in any way—just all for themselves…when somebody cares more about getting a car or whatever, than what’s going on with the people who are say homeless on their doorsteps, you know? Young people and citizenship 33 Whether or not someone shows ‘respect’ was a criterion used by a number of ‘outsiders’.

When they pay tax it’s coming towards us and we’re just sitting on our arses all day and doing nothing, and in that way I don’t think we deserve it, but like I say, I don’t think we’d be able to survive without. While on the whole opinions did not differ significantly between ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’, the most noticeable group to hold a distinct view was some older ‘outsider’ young white women who had or were expecting children. They believed that lone mothers with young children or expectant mothers should have an unconditional right to benefit.

On this basis she considered that people ‘who can’t be assed to get off their beer bellies and help are not a citizen or anything. They don’t care what happens around them’. A 16 year-old Asian male was one of a number of ‘insiders’ who talked about being responsible and contributing as part of a reciprocal relationship with the community or society: ‘Being responsible; being mature about everything and again, not just taking, giving back…. It’s helping out in as many ways as you can’. This ‘constructive social participation’ model underpinned notions of ‘good’ citizenship discussed below.

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