Youth, politics, and participation in a changing world

Lesley Pruitt

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What options do young people have for enacting social and political change? Can traditional politics redeem itself in the eyes of youth? Can political leaders hear young people? Do they listen? What alternative avenues for politics might young people pursue or propose? What are their respective prospects and challenges? These are some key questions that arise when readingYoung Citizens and Political Participation in a Digital Society, by Philippa Collin, Running from Office, by Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox, and Youth and Generation by Dan Woodman and Johanna Wyn. In this review essay, these books are critically analysed alongside existing relevant literature to explore the ways young people today engage with politics and political participation, including how this reflects commonalities but also differences with previous social generations. Such work lends itself to an argument for reflecting on the state of democracy and young people’s actual and perceived roles as citizens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-513
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Sociology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • change
  • continuity
  • democracy
  • participation
  • politics
  • youth

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