1st Edition

Young People as Agents of Sustainable Society Reclaiming the Future

Edited By Päivi Honkatukia, Tiina Rättilä Copyright 2024
    258 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses young people’s societal participation as a central dimension of their well-being and as vitally important to secure the sustainable future of humankind and the whole eco-social system.

    It develops a theoretical framework for analysing youth participation holistically, embedded in its everyday context, and as a relational phenomenon, underpinned by universal human needs. It introduces innovative methodological approaches to study youth engagements in society.

    This book will appeal to scholars and students of youth studies, sociology, sustainable development, youth participation and education. It also offers new knowledge and theoretical readings for policy experts on youth and sustainable development, as well as for NGOs working with youth.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.


    Tiina Rättilä and Päivi Honkatukia

    Part I: Structures and new models of youth participation

    1. Youth and law drafting – developing quality youth participation in legislative processes and courtrooms

    Jukka Viljanen and Eerika Albrecht

    2. Experimenting with youth-centred e-participation – the case of the Virtual Council

    Jari Varsaluoma, Iikka Pietilä, Kaisa Väänänen and Tiina Rättilä

    3. Intergenerational justice and learning: from responsibilisation of young people towards sustainable well-being and environmental citizenship

    Irmeli Mustalahti, Nina Tokola, Virpi Pakarinen and Venla Siltovuori

    4. Governance of young people’s participation: critical reflections

    Henna Juusola, Susanna Ågren and Annika Valtonen

    Part II: Critical views from the margins

    5. Young adults’ perceptions of citizenship outside and beyond labour market citizenship

    Jenni Kallio and Susanna Ågren

    6. "Am I not a lovely green-and-red, a watermelon?" Young people negotiating political participation from marginalised positions

    Reetta Mietola, Pekka Koskinen, Anna Suni and Jenni Mölkänen 

    7. Young people’s climate activism on the move – case Finland

    Mikko Piispa, Tomi Kiilakoski and Anni Ojajärvi

    Part III: To be(come) seen and heard – but how and how to study it?

    8. Participatory research with young people – too little, too much, too romanticised? Reflections on co-research with young refugees

    Nina Tokola, Tiina Rättilä, Päivi Honkatukia, Olli Sillanpää and Fath E. Mubeen

    9. Co-constructing knowledge of refugee youths’ lives in Finland – epistemological notes

    Tiina Rättilä, Minna Hokkanen and Olli Sillanpää

    10. Exploring the future together with young people – methodological considerations on playfulness, joy and silence as forms of participation

    Päivi Honkatukia, Susanna Ågren and Miia Lähde

    11. "How on Earth does one find a job in Finland?" Reflections on using documentary film as research method in studying young asylum seekers’ employment prospects

    Henri Onodera and Ahmed Zaidan


    Päivi Honkatukia and Tiina Rättilä


    Päivi Honkatukia is Professor of Youth Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Finland.

    Tiina Rättilä is Researcher and Project Manager at the University of Eastern Finland, Finland.