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  • Väisänen, Kia (2016)
    The objective of my study was to examine the policy of youth self-responsibilitation in neoliberal ethos. Young people and youth have been in part of societal debate which focus on society adhesion and concerns about social exclusion. There have been also expectations and demands by society to young people, but at the same time social exclusion is seen self-responsibility-based problem. In this study I asked how youth is located and how the ideal youth is produced by the political programs. The policy of youth self-responsibilitation is examined by how it is appearing and what meanings it takes in political programs. The perspective of this study is based on neoliberal ethos and societal change. The study data consist of two political programs about youth policy which one represents the ministry of education and culture in Finland and the other is European union youth policy report. I examined these reports with the critical discursive research. The analysis based on critical thinking, challenging conventional way and highlights that things can be done and said in "other way". In the political programs youth were located with tensions, conflicts and problem-orientation. The ideal youth was produced by targets of active citizenship, participation and management one's own life. The self-responsibilitation of youth was appearing the way that focus to individually-based in young people, whose ability and capacity should be improved and utilized. At the same time the structural conversation was minimal and shallow. Social and societal problems, such as unemployment, were dealt individually by blaming young people. The self-responsibilitation of youth were meaningful as part of diversity politics. There were many different youth policies which were specified and listed, but young people situation as a whole and profound were not represented. This study concludes that young people and youth should be seen more dignified and humane way which means the transition to youth intensification to dignified and humane youth.