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Digital Issue Movements: Political Repertoires and Drivers of Participation among Belgian Youth in the Context of ‘School Strike for Climate’

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Department of Communication Sciences, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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imec-mict-UGent, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design, Campus Kortrijk, Ghent University, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium
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Department of Communication Sciences, University of Antwerp, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
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Academic Editors: Elvira Cicognani and Maria Fernandes-Jesus
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9892; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179892
Received: 30 June 2021 / Revised: 24 August 2021 / Accepted: 1 September 2021 / Published: 2 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth Climate Activism and Sustainable Civic and Political Engagement)
It often remains unclear how young citizens are combining various forms of political participation, as well as why they choose some over others, especially within a single-issue movement. Moreover, little is known about how social networking sites (SNS) fit into the political repertoires of citizens. Therefore, this study explores youths’ political participation patterns in the context of the 2019 youth-led climate strikes. We rely on data from a paper and pencil survey among 498 high school students in Belgium. To identify different types of activists, the study used latent class analysis (LCA). In addition, a multinomial logistic regression was conducted to assess how identified participation types differ from each other. Four different participation repertoires regarding the climate issue were identified, each distinctive in the way they rely on different forms of political participation. In addition, membership to each of the different classes is associated with a unique set of characteristics (in terms of political efficacies, climate issue involvement, and online expression motives). The article shows how SNS make up a crucial part of youths’ issue-specific participation patterns and sheds light on the mechanisms underlying their participation choices within the climate movement. View Full-Text
Keywords: political participation; youth; political repertoires; climate movement; school strike for climate; latent class analysis; social media; protest; political efficacy; single-issue movement political participation; youth; political repertoires; climate movement; school strike for climate; latent class analysis; social media; protest; political efficacy; single-issue movement
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Waeterloos, C.; Conradie, P.; Walrave, M.; Ponnet, K. Digital Issue Movements: Political Repertoires and Drivers of Participation among Belgian Youth in the Context of ‘School Strike for Climate’. Sustainability 2021, 13, 9892. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179892

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Waeterloos C, Conradie P, Walrave M, Ponnet K. Digital Issue Movements: Political Repertoires and Drivers of Participation among Belgian Youth in the Context of ‘School Strike for Climate’. Sustainability. 2021; 13(17):9892. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179892

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Waeterloos, Cato, Peter Conradie, Michel Walrave, and Koen Ponnet. 2021. "Digital Issue Movements: Political Repertoires and Drivers of Participation among Belgian Youth in the Context of ‘School Strike for Climate’" Sustainability 13, no. 17: 9892. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179892

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