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About this book
Sarah Pickard offers a detailed and wide-ranging assessment of electoral and non-electoral political participation of young people in contemporary Britain, drawing on perspectives and insights from youth studies, political science and political sociology.
This comprehensive book enquires into the approaches used by the social sciences to understand young people’s politics and documents youth-led evolutions in political behaviour. After unpicking key concepts including ‘political participation,’ ‘generations,’ the ‘political life-cycle,’ and the ‘youth vote,’ Pickard draws on a combination of quantitative and qualitative research to trace the dynamics operating in electoral political participation since the 1960s. This includes the relationship between political parties, politicians and young people, youth and student wings of political parties, electoral behaviour and the lowering of the voting age to 16. Pickard goes on to discuss personalised engagement through what she calls young people’s (DIO) Do-It-Ourselves political participation in online and offline connected collectives. The book then explores young people’s political dissent as part of a global youth-led wave of protest.
This holistic book will appeal to anyone with an interest in young people, politics, protest and political change.
- Book Title Politics, Protest and Young People
- Book Subtitle Political Participation and Dissent in 21st Century Britain
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57788-7
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
- eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-57787-0
- Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-84631-3
- eBook ISBN 978-1-137-57788-7
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XVIII, 501
- Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
Childhood, Adolescence and Society
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“This makes Politics, Protest and Young People not only relevant to students, academics and researchers within the fields of youth studies, sociology and political science; politicians, too, will find much to be gleaned from this book. … I therefore encourage youth sociologists to pick up the baton and build on Pickard’s superbly informative book by conducting interviews in which young people narrate their experiences of political participation and dissent in twenty-first century Britain.” (Julius Elster, Journal of Applied Youth Studies, Vol. 3, 2020)