Strategies of action among young people on the edge of Danish society

  • Noemi Katznelson
  • Anne Görlich
  • Luna Christensen
Keywords: Marginalized youth, at risk youth, youth research, coping strategies, risk factor

Abstract

The increase in marginalised young people in Denmark points to a need notonly for political initiatives, but also for more knowledge. Most of the knowledge that we have about this group of young people is characterised by its focus on risk factors and its focus on measures to prevent or alleviate marginalisation. This means that we have information about marginalised youth in relation to substance abuse, to homelessness, mental health issues, etc. while welack knowledge of how young people create coherence and meaning in theirlives despite or with these factors. Youth research offers an interdisciplinary,theoretical and methodological approach to young peoples’ lives, focusingon their perspectives. In this article, we present an analysis of marginalisedyouth and their everyday life at the margins of Danish society. We employ theconcept of ‘action strategies’ to enable analyses examining the individual’spatterns of action, while situating these in their life situations. In the analysis, we find three strategies: mistrust strategy, isolation strategy and valuestrategy. Using insights from youth research, we are able to develop a moredetailed, nuanced picture of young people at the margins of Danish society.

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Published
2020-07-02
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