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The social construction of young people within education policy: evidence from the UK's Coalition government

Brooks, R (2013) The social construction of young people within education policy: evidence from the UK's Coalition government Journal of Youth Studies, 16 (3). pp. 318-333.

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Abstract

Since assuming power in May 2010, the UK's Coalition government has devoted considerable energy to formulating its policies with respect to young people. Evidence of this can be found in Positive for youth: a new approach to cross-government policy for young people aged 13–19, a policy text that outlines a wide range of measures to be implemented across nine government departments. Nevertheless, we know little about the understandings of young people that underpin Coalition policy or the political ideology that informs them. This article starts to redress this gap by exploring the ways in which young people have been constructed within education policy, specifically, and the extent to which such constructions constitute continuity or change with the understandings of previous governments. It argues that while some constructions of young people can be seen primarily as an extension of New Labour understandings, other constructions should be more accurately viewed as reconfigurations or, in some cases, as new understandings, initiated by the Coalition government.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Date : 1 May 2013
Identification Number : 10.1080/13676261.2012.725836
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published online (iFirst) as Brooks R (2012). The social construction of young people within education policy: evidence from the UK's Coalition government. Journal of Youth Studies 03 Oct 2012. Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cjys20
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 22 Feb 2013 09:21
Last Modified : 26 Nov 2014 14:13
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/729177

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