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Politics, Protest and Young People

Political Participation and Dissent in 21st Century Britain

Authors: Pickard, Sarah

  • - Highly comprehensive and up-to-date overview of youth politics in the UK from historical analyses to the 2017 general election and climate change strikes.
  • - Includes topical discussion on topics such as votes at 16, DIO participation, and the role of new technologies.
  • - Strong crossover with political sociology, politics and youth studies.
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57788-7
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Hardcover 84,39 €
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About this book

Sarah Pickard offers a detailed and wide-ranging assessment of electoral and non-electoral political participation of young people in contemporary Britain, drawing on perspectives and insights from youth studies, political science and political sociology.  


This comprehensive book enquires into the approaches used by the social sciences to understand young people’s politics and documents youth-led evolutions in political behaviour. After unpicking key concepts including ‘political participation,’ ‘generations,’ the ‘political life-cycle,’ and the ‘youth vote,’ Pickard draws on a combination of quantitative and qualitative research to trace the dynamics operating in electoral political participation since the 1960s. This includes the relationship between political parties, politicians and young people, youth and student wings of political parties, electoral behaviour and the lowering of the voting age to 16. Pickard goes on to discuss personalised engagement through what she calls young people’s (DIO) Do-It-Ourselves political participation in online and offline connected collectives. The book then explores young people’s political dissent as part of a global youth-led wave of protest.


This holistic book will appeal to anyone with an interest in young people, politics, protest and political change.

About the authors

Sarah Pickard is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France. Her research addresses the interplay between young people, youth policy, political participation and protest in contemporary Britain.  

Reviews

“Politics, Protest and Young People is an outstanding piece of scholarship, delivered in a thoroughly engaging style, and placing the current wave of youth protest into its historical context. The book is an unmissable read for students and researchers interested in youth civic and political engagement." (James Sloam, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

“This is a thoroughly researched, engaging book that finally buries the notion that young people in 21st century Britain are apathetic. They are motivated by policy issues, and are politically active in both elections and protests. Young people have created new, authentic forms of political participation that Pickard innovatively describes as DIO (Do-It-Ourselves).” (Ariadne Vromen, University of Sydney, Australia)

“Young people are the future of democracy, but many, perhaps most, are alienated from politics as it is practiced in contemporary liberal democracies. This is the issue with which this book engages in an accessible and stimulating way. It should be read by those interested in democracy’s future.” (David Marsh, University of Canberra, Australia)

“This book is a must read for all those interested in the way young people are now playing a major political role in contemporary Britain.  Based on solid research and accessibly written, Dr Sarah Pickard offers highly original and provocative insight into the ways young people are reshaping the future of British electoral and non-electoral politics.” (Judith Bessant, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)

“As age becomes one of the biggest dividing lines in contemporary politics, Sarah Pickard has written a timely and engaging book, full of facts and figures and insights into young people's participation in both mainstream and more challenging political activity.  A great read for anyone interested in the past, the present and the future.” (Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London, UK)

“Sarah Pickard is a foremost scholar and researcher in the field of youth political participation – her new book offers critical insights that will undoubtedly inform thinking and shape debate within this field for years to come.” (Matt Henn, Professor of Social Research, Nottingham Trent University, UK)

“While focused on Britain, Politics, Protest and Young People offers manifold insights on young people’s involvement in politics more generally. With this outstanding book, Sarah Pickard bridges the traditional divides between electoral and nonelectoral political participation, as well as between quantitative and qualitative research to provide a more comprehensive understanding of young people’s politics.” (Marco Giugni, Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Buy this book

eBook 67,82 €
price for France (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: 6 juillet 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57788-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover 84,39 €
price for France (gross)
  • Due: 6 juillet 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57787-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics, Protest and Young People
Book Subtitle
Political Participation and Dissent in 21st Century Britain
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57788-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57788-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57787-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 495
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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