Understanding Youth Participation across Europe: From survey to ethnography

Hilary Pilkington (Editor), Gary Pollock (Editor), Renata Franc (Editor)

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This edited volume presents findings from a major cross-European research project mapping the civic and political engagement of young Europeans in the context of both shared and diverse political heritages.
Drawing on new survey, interview and ethnographic data, individual articles discuss substantive issues relating to young people’s attitudes and activism including: attitudes to the European Union and to history; understanding of political ideologies (left/right, authoritarian/liberal); how attitudes to democracy are shaped by political heritage; activism in radical right wing groups and religion-based organisations; and digital activism.
These contributions illustrate the case the book makes that large, transnational and multi-method projects can enrich our understanding of how young people envisage their place and role in Europe’s political and civic space. Drawing on the experience of the authors’ collaboration on such a project, it challenges methodological assumptions that survey research shows the big picture but at the cost of local nuance or that qualitative research cannot speak beyond the individual case and demonstrates the added explanatory value from triangulating data of qualitatively different kinds.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
Number of pages340
ISBN (Electronic)9781137590077
ISBN (Print)9781137590060
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2017


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