The relevance of civic engagement for child and youth welfare

Lessons learnt from socialist and post-socialist Slovenia

Authored by: Tanja Kovačič , Pat Dolan

The Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare

Print publication date:  February  2017
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138942752
eBook ISBN: 9781315672960
Adobe ISBN: 9781317374749


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Slovenia has undergone rapid socio-political changes since the beginning of the 1990s. The collapse of the socialist system in the early 1990s was accompanied by the dissolution of the Yugoslav state, when individualism and capitalism replaced the ideological framework of brotherhood, solidarity and unity (Kuhar & Reiter, 2012). The socio-political change has instigated a strong interest in researching macro-political and economic changes, while the impact of the change on children’s and young people’s lives has been brought to attention only recently. There is a lack of generational perspective on growing up experiences under socialism and post-socialism; particularly, how a sudden socio-political change affects the connection between youth civic engagement and child welfare.

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