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The Changing Nature and Use of the Concept NEET in Contemporary Society: Normalising the NEET Age Cohort

The Changing Nature and Use of the Concept NEET in Contemporary Society: Normalising the NEET Age Cohort
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Author(s): Walter Matli (Vaal University of Technology, South Africa)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 18
Source title: Handbook of Research on Institutional, Economic, and Social Impacts of Globalization and Liberalization
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Yilmaz Bayar (Bandirma Onyedi Eylul University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4459-4.ch022

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Abstract

Internationally, significant variation exists between the use and application of the term ‘NEET' (not in education, employment, or training) to define levels of economic and social exclusion among groups of young people. It depends on the situation, and/or the context in which the term is applied. The term draw attention to unacceptably high levels of youth unemployment and economic inactivity, as well as the scarring consequences this may have on young people's lives. This chapter aims to provide a review of the shifting and changing age cohort included within the NEET category since its inception in the 1990s. The study utilises an entity-related diagram to demonstrate the international variation that now exists. Recommendations are made in order to maximise the deployment of a standardised definition of NEET, in order to achieve some commonality of understanding about how we measure and define ‘NEEThood', and crucially, in developing and applying policy responses to address their needs.

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