Claiming spaces and struggling for recognition. Comparative Case Study Report. PARTISPACE Deliverable 4.3

Year of production: 2017

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Aiming at contributing to a better understanding of the current developments, paradoxes and ways to deal with youth political participation in Europe, the main research question of the PARTISPACE project is: How and where do 15- to 30 year-old young people participate differently across social milieus and youth cultural scenes and across eight European cities (framed by different national welfare, education and youth policies)?

In relation to this research question, this report was intended to analyse case studies which explore participation practices in formal, non-formal and informal contexts and reconstruct practices, meanings, relationship and dynamics of different forms of youth participation in a comparative perspective and local constellations of youth participation. In so doing, the report has outlined a mosaic of the different practices, activities, styles and spaces wherein young people situate their participation in the eight countries involved in the PARTISPACE project.



The PARTISPACE project provides empirical knowledge on how to broaden the concepts of participation. The core of this knowledge lies in relating individual biographies of young people and the social spaces in which they act in order to understand the meaning of participation from their perspective.

Reutlinger Christian

Zimmermann Dominic

Batsleer Janet

Ehrensperger Kathrin

Demet Lüküslü
Demet Lüküslü

Demet is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Yeditepe University, and 2023/2024 Mercator Istanbul Policy Center Fellow. She recently worked on the book project (with Janet Batsleer and Harriet Rowley) Young People, Radical Democracy and Community Development (Policy Press, 2022). She has published various book chapters and journal articles in both English and Turkish.

Osmanoğlu Berrin

Pais Alexandr

Wigger Annegret

Roth Patricia