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The Government and public debate tends to see young people as politically apathetic free-riders, taking the benefits of citizenship without voting. In this context, apathy is seen as an outcome of low political literacy, or as resolvable through technocratic reform of voting procedures. Thus, the Government aims to encourage participation by introducing compulsory citizenship lessons in schools and making voting easier. This book critically engages with these views, asking how young people themselves understand ...
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Young People and Politics in the UK: Apathy or Alienation?

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The Government and public debate tends to see young people as politically apathetic free-riders, taking the benefits of citizenship without voting. In this context, apathy is seen as an outcome of low political literacy, or as resolvable through technocratic reform of voting procedures. Thus, the Government aims to encourage participation by introducing compulsory citizenship lessons in schools and making voting easier. This book critically engages with these views, asking how young people themselves understand and live politics. Using an innovative methodology, it argues that young people understand age, class, gender and ethnicity in ways that are political. Based on this broader understanding of politics, it concludes that young people are not apathetic but feel their interests and concerns are not addressed by politicians. Indeed, they are highly sensitive towards the limited nature of their political citizenship and this plays a key role in their disinclination to participate in mainstream politics.

About the Author:
David Marsch is a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK

About the Author:
Therese O'Toole is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Birhingham, UK

About the Author:
Su Jones is a researcher in the School of Psychology at the University of Birhingham, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230800526
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 449 KB

Meet the Author

DAVID MARSH is Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has published widely in the areas of British Politics and Political Sociology.

THERESE O'TOOLE is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Birmingham, UK working in the fields of 'race'/ethnicity, political participation, youth and refugee studies. She is currently carrying out a Leverhulme Trust funded study of Political Interest and Engagement among Black and Minority Ethnic Young People.

SU JONES is a Researcher in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK working on issues of participation and social exclusion with a particular emphasis on gender.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     viii
Introduction     1
The Study of Political Participation     9
The Context and Consequence of Political Participation: Citizenship and Governance in the UK     31
Methodology     59
The Politics of Youth     91
Class as a Lived Experience     124
Gender and Participation     153
Young People and the Politics of 'Race', Ethnicity and Identity     178
Conclusion     210
Notes     222
Bibliography     228
Index     240
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