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Att vara ung och delaktig: En studie av kommunalanställdas arbete för unga och unga vuxna i Norrbotten
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Young people’s participation and influence : A study of the municipal employees work for young people in Norrbotten county (English)
Abstract [en]

It is a necessity that young people have the will to live and engage themselves in Norrbotten in order for the county to grow and develop. To encourage young people’s right to participation and influence is, under the Government’s proposal regarding youth politics, a contributing factor when it comes to young people wanting to stay in or move to the county. The structural factor which affects how young people’s right to participation and influence is organized on a municipal level is the main purpose of this study. The empirical material, on which the study is based, comes from qualitative interviews with municipal employees from all of Norrbotten’s 14 municipalities. All of the employees work with young people’s participation and influence in some form. The study shows that the municipalities work with the area in different ways. This is due to factors such as financial means, geographical distances and demographic challenges. In Sweden there is no national regulatory system when it comes to organizing work being done regarding youth politics. The lack of a regulatory system causes the responsibility to fall onto a local and municipal level. This study shows that the municipalities which have been able to incorporate work done by nonprofit organizations or project managers in the area, in their organizations have been very successful. By doing so the municipalities have been able to spend less financial resources whilst having more time to develop methods for dialogue with the young. Another important factor is the work concerning change of attitude, both in adults and through them the young. The future of the county of Norrbotten needs proud citizens, both young and adult in order to be able to grow and develop. Through dialogues and exchange of experience between young and adults who are proud of their county Norrbotten will be a place where young people want to live in.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Power, authority, intersectionality, participation, influence, young, municipal development, regional development
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111096OAI: diva2:867224
External cooperation
Norrbottens läns landsting, Regional utveckling
Educational program
The Cultural Analysis Programme
Available from: 2015-11-06 Created: 2015-11-05

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