Special Issue "Youth and Social and Political Action in a Time of Austerity"
A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2018) | Viewed by 13983
Interests: politics and youth; voting and elections; political parties
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Recent evidence and discourse suggests that young people are becoming progressively more disillusioned with democratic politics as practiced in many contemporary societies—rejecting the institutions of national governments, and consequently leaving many democracies in a state of relative and impending existential uncertainty. This is most visibly reflected in an emerging global pattern of generational electoral inequality that sees young people significantly less likely to vote and participate in formal electorally-based politics than their older contemporaries. However, there are two important caveats here. Firstly, there is considerable debate as to the extent to which such developments are permanent or reversible. Secondly, there is burgeoning evidence that young people’s apparent disconnection and withdrawal from formal institutionalised politics has its parallel in a global tendency towards their support for, and participation in, new styles of non-institutionalised political action that seem to better fit their life-styles and to permit the actualisation of their political aspirations.
This Special Issue “Youth and Social and Political Action in a Time of Austerity”, intends to explore the contemporary realities and patterns of youth participation in different societies. For this purpose, Societies invites manuscripts of original research and conceptualization that address the different practices of youth as they seek to effect social and political change (and also their motivations for doing so). Contributions are welcome from scholars, youth practitioners and activists operating in a range of different settings, and using diverse disciplinary, and multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.Prof. Matt Henn
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