This chapter critically discusses the capacity of civil society organizations to keep unemployed people engaged with their social environments through a range of activities. Contrary to normative assumptions of civil society, the data presented in the chapter reveal a civil society made of professionalized organizations treating the unemployed as clients rather than as members or constituencies. The chapter is based on data collected through an organizational survey across seven European cities: Cologne, Geneva, Karlstad, Kielce, Lisbon, Lyon, and Turin as part of a larger research on youth unemployment funded by the European Union.
|Title of host publication||Modernizing Democracy? Associations and Associating in the 21st Century|
|Editors||Matthias Freise, Thorsten Hallman|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- civil society organisations
- unemployed people
- social environments