This book applies a number of different disciplinary and geographical perspectives to ascertain whether and how European youth identify with the EU, trust EU institutions and engage in EU issues. It investigates the factors and processes that predict the different ways in which young Europeans engage (or do not engage) with social and political issues and become active European citizens.
The volume is based on results from the first two years of the Horizon 2020 CATCH-EyoU project (“Constructing AcTive CitizensHip with European Youth: Policies, Practices, Challenges and Solutions”). It addresses different dimensions of active citizenship in the EU and different processes and contexts that explain the construction of youth active citizenship, including societal-level factors such as policy context and media; interaction-level contexts such as school and family; and individual-level factors. The final chapter emphasizes the impact of the current historical context on the development of young Europeans’ civic identity and their understanding of the social and political reality.
With contributions from a variety of disciplines including psychology, political science, communications and education, and spanning geographic contexts across Europe, this book will be of interest to researchers studying contemporary European youth and the construction of young people’s identity. This book was originally published as a special issue of the European Journal of Developmental Psychology. Chapters 1 and 5 are available Open Access at https://www.routledge.com/products/9780367236557.
Introduction – Bringing the European Union closer to its young citizens: Youth active citizenship in Europe and trust in EU institutions
Frosso Motti-Stefanidi and Elvira Cicognani
1. Citizenship’s tangled web: Associations, gaps and tensions in formulations of European youth active citizenship across disciplines
Shakuntala Banaji, Sam Mejias, Ragne Kouts, Filipe Piedade, Vassilis Pavlopoulos, Iana Tzankova, Alena Mackova and Erik Amnå
2. Being both – A European and a national citizen? Comparing young people’s identification with Europe and their home country across eight European countries
Monique Landberg, Katharina Eckstein, Clara Mikolajczyk, Sam Mejias, Petr Macek, Frosso Motti-Stefanidi, Ekaterina Enchikova, Antonella Guarino, Andu Rämmer and Peter Noack
3. Apathy or alienation? Political passivity among youths across eight European Union countries
Viktor Dahl, Erik Amnå, Shakuntala Banaji, Monique Landberg, Jan Šerek, Norberto Ribeiro, Mai Beilmann, Vassilis Pavlopoulos and Bruna Zani
4. Young European citizens: An individual by context perspective on adolescent European citizenship
Jan Šerek and Philipp Jugert
5. Cross-border mobility, European identity and participation among European adolescents and young adults
Davide Mazzoni, Cinzia Albanesi, Pedro D. Ferreira, Signe Opermann, Vassilis Pavlopoulos and Elvira Cicognani
6. Trust in alternative and professional media: The case of the youth news audiences in three European countries
Jakub Macek, Alena Macková, Vassilis Pavlopoulos, Veronika Kalmus, C. Michael Elavsky and Jan Šerek
7. Commentary: Who among European youth are active citizens at the EU level and why?