What is the need?

Institutions across Europe want to know more about how young people’s social participation is shaped by the shadows (past, present and future) of totalitarianism and populism in Europe.

What are we doing?

Empirically, MYPLACE employs a combination of survey, interview and ethnographic research instruments to provide new, pan-European data that not only measure levels of participation but capture the meanings young people attach to it. Analytically, through its specific focus on ‘youth’ and the historical and cultural contextualization of young people’s social participation, MYPLACE replaces the routine, and often abstract, iteration of the reasons for young people’s ‘disengagement’ from politics with an empirically rich mapping of young people’s understandings of the civic and political space that they inhabit.

What will be the outcomes?

In policy terms, MYPLACE identifies the obstacles to, and facilitators of, young people’s reclamation of the European political arena as a place for them.

What are the timescales?

The project started in 2011 and will run for 5 years.

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