In a period in which the future of the European Union is subject to increased scrutiny, it is more vital than ever that the thoughts and views of younger generations are considered. Young People’s Visions and Worries for the Future of Europe: Findings from the Europe 2038 Project seeks to do exactly that, presenting the findings of a large-scale research project investigating the opinions and worries of young people between the ages of 16 and 25 across seven European countries.
In this unique and timely volume, Strohmeier and Tenenbaum, together with the Europe 2038 consortium, examine young people’s endorsement of multiculturalism, diversity, European identity, human rights, and political participation, and unpick the cross-national differences in a range of European countries. Young People’s Visions and Worries for the Future of Europe concludes by formulating effective evidence-based recommendations for policy and practice.
This work is essential reading for advanced level undergraduate and masters level courses in Psychology, Social Work, Politics, Sociology, Social Policy, and Education, as well as researchers in those fields.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction
Chapter 1 by Dagmar Strohmeier and Harriet Tenenbaum: Young Peoples’ Engagement with the European Union and their Visions and Worries for the Future of Europe
Part 2: Country Level Findings
Chapter 2 by Edmond Dragoti, Rudina Rama and Emanuela Ismaili: Europe 2038: Future Visions and Worries of Albanian Young People
Chapter 3 by Dagmar Strohmeier: The Importance of Social Exclusion Experiences for Young People’s Engagement with the European Union
Chapter 4 by Detlef Urhahne: Gender and Educational Differences in the Hopes, Fears and Visions of Young Germans
Chapter 5 by Simona C. S. Caravita, Angela Mazzone, & Elisa Donghi: The Future of Europe and European Identity: The Views of Italian Adolescents and Young Adults
Chapter 6 by Carmen Hortensia Bora, Gabriel Roşeanu, & Simona Trip: European Identity Issues and Beliefs Related to Romanian Youths’ Views of Europe 2038
Chapter 7 by Rosario Ortega-Ruiz, Carmen Viejo, & Mercedes Gómez-López: Europe 2038: The Voice of Spanish Youth
Chapter 8 by Harriet Tenenbaum, Chris Fife-Schaw, & Martyn Barrett: What Predicts British Young People’s Views of Europe?
Part 3: Cross National Findings
Chapter 9 by Dagmar Strohmeier, Martyn Barrett, Carmen Bora, Simona C. S. Caravita, Elisa Donghi, Edmond Dragoti, Chris Fife-Schaw, Mercedes Gómez-López, Eszter Kapéter, Angela Mazzone, Rudina Rama, Gabriel Roşeanu, Rosario Ortega-Ruiz, Hanna Steiner, Harriet Tenenbaum, Simona Trip, Detlef Urhahne, and Carmen Viejo: Predictors of Young People’s Engagement with the European Union
Chapter 10 by Carmen Hortensia Bora, Gabi Roşeanu, & Simona Trip: How Could Young People’s Belief System Influence the Future of Europe?
Part 4: Commentaries
Chapter 11 by Erik Amnå: In school – and After
Chapter 12 by Peter Noack: Young Europeans and the Future of Europe: A Mosaic of 3,764 Pieces
Chapter 13 by Isabel Menezes: Young Peoples’ Visions and Worries for the Future of Europe: ‘Still hopeful after all these years?‘
Part 5: Evidence-based Recommendations
Chapter 14 by Dagmar Strohmeier and Harriet Tenenbaum: Recommendations how to Strengthen Young Peoples’ Engagement with the European Union
Academic Affiliations of the Contributors
Appendix A: Quantitative Survey
Appendix B: Descriptive Statistics of Study Variables
Dagmar Strohmeier is a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. She is co-editor of the European Journal of Developmental Psychology and researches in positive youth development, peer relations among youths, and intercultural social work.
Harriet R. Tenenbaum is a Reader in the School of Psychology, University of Surrey. She is co-editor of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology and researches children’s understanding of intergroup relations, discrimination, and rights.