Bounded agency and social participation: How socioeconomic situation and experiences influence young people’s way of engaging in society

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  • Authors:
  • Jo Deakin
  • Renata Franc
  • Anna Markina
  • Rein Murakas
  • Markus Quandt


This chapter presents data from the PROMISE Youth Survey gathered as part of PROMISE, a Horizon 2020 research project addressing the social participation of young people in conflict with authority. Building on the work of Evans (2002), Munford and Sanders (2015) and Ekman and Amnå (2012), we develop the concept of social participation to provide a broader, context-based definition that allows us to explore a diverse range of youth activities. Our analysis explores the diverse forms of social participation and the factors that can influence young people´s agency and ability to engage. We highlight the extent to which young people´s agency is bound by their experience and current social context, and assess under which circumstances those experiences can become an enabler of engagement.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYoung people’s participation
Subtitle of host publicationRevisiting youth and inequalities
EditorsMaria Bruselius-Jensen, Ilaria Pitti, Kay Tisdall
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2021

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