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Situational political socialization: a normative approach to young people’s adoption and acquisition of political preferences and skills
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. (Utbildningsvetenskap, Educational Science)
2015 (English)In: Journal of Youth Studies, ISSN 1367-6261, E-ISSN 1469-9680, Vol. 18, no 8, 967-983 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research on young people’s political socialization has had an adult-centered top–down bias in which young people are considered incomplete and in need of the right upbringing. The article attempts to balance this bias. The aim is to introduce and argue for another normative approach – situational political socialization. Four theoretical elements constitute its basis: (1) the political, (2) contingency (the principle of the public sphere), (3) space and place, and (4) situation. In the contingent western digital media society marked by cultural dissemination, individualism, and the erosion of traditional institutions, situational political socialization represents a normative basis for a research approach which is open, action-oriented and contextualized, viewing young people as political actors in their own right.

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Routledge, 2015. Vol. 18, no 8, 967-983 p.
Keyword [en]
political socialization, public sphere, situation, youth
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Political Science
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Humanities and Social sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10751DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2015.1020926ISI: 000358125400002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84937252257OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-10751DiVA: diva2:795334
Available from: 2015-03-16 Created: 2015-03-16 Last updated: 2016-06-23Bibliographically approved

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