Political Engagement Among Young Adults with Minority Backgrounds: Between Identity and Interest

  • Mette Andersson
  • Jon Rogstad
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


This chapter offers a discussion of the complex patterns of political engagement among young adults of ethnic and/or religious minority background. Concerns about racism, multiculture and religion propel engagement that operate on different scales, have different audiences and mean different things for different participants. The ideal-typical distinction between identity-based and interest-based engagement guides the discussion. The article draws on and develops arguments on identity-related engagement in transnational migration studies and in social movement studies. Engagement dilemmas are illustrated through three examples of different combinations of interest- and identity-based political engagement among young adults of minority background in Norway.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mette Andersson
    • 1
  • Jon Rogstad
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.FafoOsloNorway

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