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Their different perspectives: A narrative analysis of a UN agency's work with young people

Stoltz Holgersson, Daniel LU (2012) SOCK01 20112
Sociology
Abstract
Author: Daniel Stoltz Holgersson
Title: Their different perspectives: A narrative analysis of a UN agency’s work with young people
Bachelor thesis, SOCK01, 15 hp
Supervisor: Katarina Sjöberg

Problem/background: ‘Young people’ have for long been the focus of international development cooperation efforts, and has taken many forms: youth development, youth engagement, youth participation, and youth leadership to name but a few concepts. However, a recent UN report concludes that while over 75 years has passed since youth first entered the global agenda, the UN as not yet been successful in integrating youth and youth perspectives into international policy discourse and decision making processes.

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Author: Daniel Stoltz Holgersson
Title: Their different perspectives: A narrative analysis of a UN agency’s work with young people
Bachelor thesis, SOCK01, 15 hp
Supervisor: Katarina Sjöberg

Problem/background: ‘Young people’ have for long been the focus of international development cooperation efforts, and has taken many forms: youth development, youth engagement, youth participation, and youth leadership to name but a few concepts. However, a recent UN report concludes that while over 75 years has passed since youth first entered the global agenda, the UN as not yet been successful in integrating youth and youth perspectives into international policy discourse and decision making processes.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore what narratives about the organization’s work with young people exist among staff, to gain a better understanding of the challenges of involving youth in the United Nation’s work.

Short description: This paper is a case-study of a specialized UN agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, based on 14 in-depth interviews with key staff members at different levels in the organization working on its youth agenda. This paper adopts a narrative approach to organizational studies and theory of organizational culture. It uses narrative analysis as a way to understand and interpret organizational culture.

Conclusion: There are contrasting narratives in the UN agency among the interviewees as regard to how young people should be understood and approached, and whether or not the organization is ready to further involve young people in its work. These contrasting narratives could be interpreted as potentially hindering the organization’s involvement of young people in its work, since there are many different interpretations and directions associated with the youth agenda. One explanation for this could be that the organization lacks a clear policy or guidelines on working with young people, above and beyond seeing them as a key population that is vulnerable in its sector. (Less)
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Stoltz Holgersson, Daniel LU
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SOCK01 20112
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organizational studies, narrative analysis, young people, United Nations
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  abstract     = {Author: Daniel Stoltz Holgersson
Title: Their different perspectives: A narrative analysis of a UN agency’s work with young people
Bachelor thesis, SOCK01, 15 hp
Supervisor: Katarina Sjöberg

Problem/background: ‘Young people’ have for long been the focus of international development cooperation efforts, and has taken many forms: youth development, youth engagement, youth participation, and youth leadership to name but a few concepts. However, a recent UN report concludes that while over 75 years has passed since youth first entered the global agenda, the UN as not yet been successful in integrating youth and youth perspectives into international policy discourse and decision making processes. 

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore what narratives about the organization’s work with young people exist among staff, to gain a better understanding of the challenges of involving youth in the United Nation’s work.

Short description: This paper is a case-study of a specialized UN agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, based on 14 in-depth interviews with key staff members at different levels in the organization working on its youth agenda. This paper adopts a narrative approach to organizational studies and theory of organizational culture. It uses narrative analysis as a way to understand and interpret organizational culture. 

Conclusion: There are contrasting narratives in the UN agency among the interviewees as regard to how young people should be understood and approached, and whether or not the organization is ready to further involve young people in its work. These contrasting narratives could be interpreted as potentially hindering the organization’s involvement of young people in its work, since there are many different interpretations and directions associated with the youth agenda. One explanation for this could be that the organization lacks a clear policy or guidelines on working with young people, above and beyond seeing them as a key population that is vulnerable in its sector.},
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  keyword      = {organizational studies,narrative analysis,young people,United Nations},
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  title        = {Their different perspectives: A narrative analysis of a UN agency's work with young people},
  year         = {2012},
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