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Young Citizens and New Media

Learning for Democratic Participation, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Dahlgren


266 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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This book integrates four distinct topics: young people, citizenship, new media, and learning processes. When taken together, these four topics merge to define an arena of social and research attention that has become compelling in recent years.

The general international concern expressed of declining democratic engagement and the role of citizenship today becomes all the more acute when it turns to younger people. At the same time, there is growing attention being paid to the potential of new media – especially internet and mobile telephony – to play a role in facilitating newer forms of political participation. It is clear that many of the present manifestations of ‘new politics’ in the extra parliamentarian domain, not only make sophisticated use of such media, but are indeed highly dependent on them.

With an impressive array of contributors, this book will appeal to those interested in a number of spheres, including media and cultural studies, political science, pedagogy, and sociology.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Introduction Part 2: New Realities: Youth, Democracy and the Emerging Media Landscape 2. Civic Learning in Changing Democracies: Challenges for Citizenship and Civic Education 3. Changing Life Courses, New Media, and Citizenship: The Impact of Reflexive Biographization on Young People’s Democratic Engagement 4. Young People’s Identity Construction and Patterns of Media Use and Participation in Germany and Austria Part 3: Situating Young Citizens’ Media Use 5. Constant Connection versus Apathetic Consumers: Understanding Young People's Participation Online 6. From Big Brother to Big Brother: Two Faces of Interactive Engagement 7. Mobile Monitoring: Aspects of Risk and Surveillance and Questions of Democratic Perspectives in Young People’s Uses of Mobile Phones 8. Finding a Global Voice? Migrant Children, New Media and the Limits of Empowerment Part 4: Media, Engagement, and Everyday Life 9. Learning about Democracy: Familyship and Negotiated ICT Users’ Practices 10. An Indispensable Resource: The Internet and Young Engagement 11. Social Networks of Young Political Activists in the Alter-Globalisation Movement 12. Patterns of Media Use and Political Development among Youth: Manifest and Latent Outcomes

About the Editor

Peter Dahlgren is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Lund University, Sweden.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies