Young People and Politics in the UK: Apathy or Alienation?

Young People and Politics in the UK: Apathy or Alienation?

by David Marsh, Therese O'Toole, Su Jones
     
 

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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

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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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'...the book offers an interesting look at traditional sociological perspectives and modern research...' - Kierra Box, Children& Young People

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230800526
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
459 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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