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Youth Civic and Political Engagement

1st Edition

By Martyn Barrett, Dimitra Pachi


170 pages

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What exactly is civic and political participation? What factors influence young people’s participation? How can we encourage youth to participate actively in their own democracies? Youth Civic and Political Engagement takes a multidisciplinary approach to answering these key questions, incorporating research in the fields of psychology, sociology, political science and education to explore the issues affecting youth civic and political engagement.

Drawing on evidence that has been obtained in many different national contexts, and through multinational studies, this book provides a theoretical synthesis of this large and diverse body of research, using an integrative multi-level ecological model of youth engagement to do so. It identifies unresolved issues in the field and offers numerous suggestions for future research.

Youth Civic and Political Engagement is an invaluable resource for researchers, teachers, youth workers, civil society activists, policymakers and politicians who wish to acquire an up-to-date understanding of the factors and processes that influence young people’s civic and political engagement, and how to promote youth engagement.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Civic and political engagement among youth: concepts, forms and factors

Chapter 2 Psychological factors linked to youth civic and political engagement

Chapter 3 Social and demographic factors linked to youth civic and political engagement

Chapter 4 Macro contextual factors linked to youth civic and political engagement

Chapter 5 Theoretical integration and actions for promoting youth engagement


Author index

Subject index

About the Authors

Martyn Barrett is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Surrey, UK, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He works as an expert for the Council of Europe and the OECD on the development of intercultural, democratic and global competence.

Dimitra Pachi is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at University of Winchester, UK, a BPS Chartered Psychologist and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). She has led numerous national and international research projects on processes of youth social and political development.

About the Series

Adolescence and Society

In the 20 years since it began, this series has published some of the key texts in the field of adolescent studies. The series has covered a very wide range of subjects, almost all of them being of central concern to students, researchers and practitioners. A mark of its success is that a number of books have gone to second and third editions, illustrating its popularity and reputation.

The primary aim of the series is to make accessible to the widest possible readership important and topical evidence relating to adolescent development. Much of this material is published in relatively inaccessible professional journals, and the objective of the books has been to summarise, review and place in context current work in the field, so as to interest and engage both an undergraduate and a professional audience.

The intention of the authors is to raise the profile of adolescent studies among professionals and in institutions of higher education. By publishing relatively short, readable books on topics of current interest to do with youth and society, the series makes people more aware of the relevance of the subject of adolescence to a wide range of social concerns.

The books do not put forward any one theoretical viewpoint. The authors outline the most prominent theories in the field and include a balanced and critical assessment of each of these. Whilst some of the books may have a clinical or applied slant, the majority concentrate on normal development.

The readership rests primarily in two major areas: the undergraduate market, particularly in the fields of psychology, sociology and education; and the professional training market, with particular emphasis on social work, clinical and educational psychology, counselling, youth work, nursing and teacher training.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adolescent