© 2017

Political Socialization of Youth

A Palestinian Case Study


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Political Socialization and Its Processes

  3. The Outcome of Political Socialization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Janette Habashi
      Pages 177-198
    3. Janette Habashi
      Pages 199-220
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 221-224

About this book


This book increases the awareness of youth political agency and how it relates to adults, governments, communities, and local and global discourse. It reveals the complexity of youth’s political lives as it intersects with social identifiers such as location, gender, and political status, and interacts with neoliberal discourse embedded in media, local politics, education, and religious idioms. This book fills a gap in existing research to provide a body of literature on the political socialization and its manifestation in youth political agency. The research findings aid in understanding the abilities of youth to reason, reflect upon, articulate, and act upon their political views. This research is not only pertinent to children in Palestine, but can also be applied to children living everywhere as global discourse of oppression is not limited to a location, age or a group. 


children culture economics human geography Middle East Middle Eastern culture personality politics psychology social policy social psychology social science socialization sociology youth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of OklahomaNormanUSA

About the authors

Janette Habashi is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA. Her research with children, youth, and indigenous populations examines socialization, national identity, political participation, resistance, and children’s rights-based approaches in policy and research.  

Bibliographic information


“The comprehensive nature of this study, its holistic approach to understanding political socialization, and its methodological innovativeness make this a valuable read for children’s geographers. … though researchers working within highly charged political environments may find it particularly relevant, anyone with an interest in youth political socialization and political agency would do well to consult this book.” (David J. Marshall, Children's Geographies, Vol. 16 (5), 2018)

“Janette Habashi’s new book, Political socialization of youth: A Palestinian case study, is a culmination of nearly a decade of multi-modal methodological engagement with Palestinian youth. This comprehensive work of critical thought in an innovative intervention of transdisciplinary engagement and import. Habashi’s book is a must-read in the disciplines of geography, sociology, politics for those interested in youth, Israel/Palestine, and agency studies.” (Tristan Sturm, Space and Polity, Vol. 21, October, 2017)