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The central argument of this paper is that political disengagement or apathy cannot be construed as young people’s “problems”. They are in fact problems resulting from schooling of young people in institutions where technical skills are given priority over real-life issues. The resulting lack of participation and informal learning opportunities in young people’s lives weakens public institutions and renders them unsustainable. It is argued that learning and participation are key processes for political inclusion and integration of young people in Turkey, across Europe and elsewhere. A model ofsustainable civic engagement (Public Achievement) is presented. Public Achievement has been successful in Turkey, the US, N. Ireland, Palestine, Eastern and Central Europe, and the Balkans.

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Serdar Değirmencioğlu
Serdar Değirmencioğlu
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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