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Young People's Civic Identity in the Digital Age

Book

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Young People and Politics book series (PSYPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Julianne K. Viola
    Pages 103-134
  3. Julianne K. Viola
    Pages 135-170
  4. Julianne K. Viola
    Pages 171-208
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 209-225

About this book

Introduction

‘This book is a rich, nuanced, and thoughtful study of how American youth develop their civic values and capacities in the age of social media.’

–Peter Levine, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University, USA

 

‘This thought-provoking book provides compelling insights into young people’s understandings of citizenship and civic engagement in the digital age. Its most significant contribution is to remind us that neither digital nor civic skills are inherent at birth.’

–Victoria Nash, Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford, UK

 

‘Congratulations to Julianne Viola for providing a detailed and insightful portrait of youth civic identity in a time of massive transformation in the ways politics are practiced. The book unpacks youths’ perspectives on their civic engagement, demonstrates that participation varies across groups, and furthers the kind of foundational understanding that can help educators and parents think well about supports for youth voice and influence.’

–Joseph Kahne, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside, USA

 

‘Contemporary democracies are confronted by significant domestic and global challenges, but governments often lack the support of citizens – especially the young – as they seek to develop plans to resolve these matters. This excellent book is a must-read for all who are interested in how to strengthen the connections between young people and democratic institutions and processes.’

–Matt Henn, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, UK

 

This book explores young people’s civic experiences in contemporary American society, and how they navigate the political world in an era defined by digital media. Drawing on the experiences of young people before they have reached voting age, the book provides vital perspectives on citizenship and civic engagement of a part of the population that is often overlooked. The author engages with the tensions that young people encounter in their everyday personal and civic lives and introduces a new framework of civic identity that has been directly informed by the lived civic experiences of young people themselves.

 

Julianne K. Viola is a social scientist investigating youth political engagement in contemporary society. She holds degrees from Cornell University, Harvard University, and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Keywords

meaning of citizenship experiences of citizenship youth civic engagement civic identity framework political participation social interaction theory civic education civic identity civic technology racial identity US politics political identity youth voice and politics Never Again movement youth activism youth political blogs young people’s civic experiences

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Higher Education Research and ScholarshipImperial College LondonLondonUK

About the authors

Julianne K. Viola is a social scientist investigating youth political engagement in a contemporary society characterised by technology use. She has written for The Conversation and has appeared on the BBC World Service. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“This book is a rich, nuanced, and thoughtful study of how American youth develop their civic values and capacities in the age of social media.” (Peter Levine, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University, USA)

“Relying on richly detailed interviews, this thought-provoking book provides compelling insights into young people’s understandings of citizenship and civic engagement in the digital age. Its most significant contribution is to remind us that neither digital nor civic skills are inherent at birth. Instead, if we wish to capitalise on the energy and determination of all our young people, we need to provide an education that deliberately cultivates both skill-sets together.” (Victoria Nash, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK)

“Congratulations to Julianne Viola for providing a detailed and insightful portrait of youth civic identity in a time of massive transformation in the ways politics are practiced. The book unpacks youths’ perspectives on their civic engagement, demonstrates that participation varies across groups, and furthers the kind of foundational understanding that can help educators and parents think well about supports for youth voice and influence.” (Joseph Kahne, Dutton Presidential Chair for Education Policy and Politics, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside, USA)

“Contemporary democracies are confronted by significant domestic and global challenges, but governments often lack the support of citizens - especially the young – as they seek to develop plans to resolve these matters. Julianne Viola’s excellent new book is a must read for all who are interested in how to strengthen the connections between young people and democratic institutions and processes.” (Matt Henn, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, UK)

“In its innovative focus on the voices of young people regarding their civic engagement, this timely book addresses one of the most urgent issues of the day. Avoiding simplistic generalisations about young people’s uses of new technologies, Julianne Viola’s fascinating findings should encourage the adult world to pay serious attention to young people’s understandings of civic matters." (Chris Davies, Emeritus Fellow, Kellog College, University of Oxford, UK, and co-author of Teenagers and Technology (with R. Eynon, 2013))

“Julianne Viola provides a timely and nuanced exploration of how young people in the United States understand and realise political citizenship and civic engagement in the digital age. Her preparedness to foreground the voices of young Americans is refreshing and illuminating. The book offers original insights into how new technologies and emerging digital civic spaces inform and shape youth civic identities and participation. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to better understand the attitudes and experiences of young citizens in America today.” (Andrew Mycock, Reader in Politics, University of Huddersfield, UK)