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Youth participation in EuropeBeyond discourses, practices and realities$
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Patricia Loncle, Gerrit Jackson, and Virginie Muniglia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300182

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.001.0001

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Young people and online civic participation: key findings from a pan-European research project

Young people and online civic participation: key findings from a pan-European research project

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(p.159) Ten Young people and online civic participation: key findings from a pan-European research project
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Youth participation in Europe
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Shakuntala Banaji

David Buckingham

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300182.003.0010

Responding to academic and policy anxieties about apparent youth disengagement from politics and civil society, this chapter asks what role the internet has come to play in young people's civic participation. It provides an overview of key findings from the 7-country EU funded CivicWeb project, which involved three main forms of investigation. First, a textual analysis of the technological affordances, pedagogies, and ideologies in play on youth civic websites; second, focus groups and a survey to discover whether and how young people are involved in civic action on- and offline, their general and specific motivations, and the constraints on their participation and third, producer interviews and civic website case studies to find out how organisations with varying aims and funding models might use the Web more effectively to promote civic education, engagement, and action among a broader spectrum of young people. The conclusions challenge current orthodoxies about young people, about the Internet, and about civic participation.

Keywords:   Civic participation, Europe, Internet, young people, online participation, civic websites, politics

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