Youth Active Citizenship in Europe

Ethnographies of Participation

Editors: Banaji, Shakuntala, Mejias, Sam (Eds.)

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  • Offers a highly contemporary, youth-centred interdisciplinary and cross-European approach to active citizenship
  • Connects psychological and sociological aspects of youth organisational strategies and practices
  • Provides fresh analytical vocabulary and theoretical lenses for understanding the significance of optimism, altruism and burn-out amongst young civic and political activists
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About this book

This volume engages with the contested concept of ‘active citizenship’. It analyses the use and understanding of active citizenship in youth civic and political initiatives in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Portugal and the UK. Using ethnographic data and insights from the cross-European project CATCH-EyoU, the contributors to this collection illuminate the experiences of young people taking action for social change. It does so at a unique moment when a resurgent populist political right is deploying racial prejudice and neoliberal protectionism in both established media and new digital media to fuel xenophobic nationalism. The book asks a range of questions, including: What is life like for active young citizens with an interest in the civic and political spheres? What practices, relationships and motivations characterise their participatory movements, organisations, initiatives and groups? The chapters use case studies to analyse how friendship and emotion, social media, diversity-work, racism, precarity and burnout feed into motivating and developing or curtailing sustained pro-democratic activism.
Youth Active Citizenship in Europe will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including politics, sociology, education and cultural studies.

About the authors

Shakuntala Banaji is Professor of Media, Culture and Social Change, and Director of Graduate Studies, LSE, UK.
Sam Mejias is Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE, UK.

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“Back in the day, some imagined that networked technologies would automatically promote democratic politics. Now, with the resurgence of right-wing populism, we know that it’s more difficult than that. This book takes the debate much further, offering detailed and compelling insights into the experiences of young activists, and the challenges they face. It offers a vital practical and theoretical resource for those who are rethinking what we mean by active citizenship in a digital world.” — David Buckingham, Emeritus Professor at Loughborough University, and Visiting Professor at King’s College London, UK

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-36

    Banaji, Shakuntala

  • Motivations for Joining and Engaging in Youth Organisations in the Italian Context

    Pages 37-61

    Guarino, Antonella (et al.)

  • Youth Organisations as a Developmental Context: A Developmental Psychological Perspective

    Pages 63-88

    Mikolajczyk, Clara (et al.)

  • Between Emotion and Reason: The Role of Affective Networks and Events in Sustaining the Daily Experience of Environmental Activism

    Pages 89-119

    Cruz, Joana P. (et al.)

  • Preaching to the Choir: Patterns of Non/diversity in Youth Citizenship Movements

    Pages 121-157

    Mejias, Sam (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Youth Active Citizenship in Europe
Book Subtitle
Ethnographies of Participation
Editors
  • Shakuntala Banaji
  • Sam Mejias
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35794-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35794-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35793-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-35796-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 256
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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