Young people, politics and citizenship

Anita Harris

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Abstract

This chapter addresses young people’s engagement with the state, their communities, and with social and political issues, and how they enact their rights and duties as citizens. Over time, what is meant by youth politics and citizenship has come to include an increasingly wide range of practices, but these fundamentally still relate to how they participate in the polity, the public sphere and civil society, including voting habits, civic knowledge, involvement in party politics, activism, consumption and production of political media, creation of community, and relationship to rights. This chapter looks at a range of predominantly Western approaches to youth, politics and citizenship by discussing the evolution of key concepts in the field, considering the special status held by youth as political actors, and by exploring the current challenges to theories and practice of youth participation and citizenship brought about by recent socioeconomic change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood
EditorsAndy Furlong
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter35
Pages295-300
Number of pages6
Edition2nd
ISBN (Electronic)9781315753058
ISBN (Print)9781138804357
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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