What can the politically active explain about the politically disengaged? Exploring the pathways and barriers to millennials’ political participation

Hart, J.G., 2019. What can the politically active explain about the politically disengaged? Exploring the pathways and barriers to millennials’ political participation. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

This thesis explores the social factors which produce or inhibit political engagement amongst millennials during their formative years. To investigate these phenomena, this study has conducted one-to-one interviews with millennials who are committed to formal political participation. It has developed an original method and typology to explore what the politically engaged can explain about political behaviour and participation. This technique has been specifically created to analyse the barriers youth face to political participation and develop strategies to overcome these barriers. This research illuminates how collective experiences and social structures mediate the likelihood of involvement in politics. To increase the understanding of how structures influence young people’s engagement with politics, this thesis has compared the experiences of politically active millennials with differential social status and access to resources. In particular, the thesis has outlined how social, cultural and economic factors influence the political socialisation an individual receives and the barriers to political participation they face, narrowing or expanding the likelihood of their future political participation. The thesis has made recommendations about how to overcome these barriers which have been developed from insights provided by the research participants.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Hart, J.G.
Date: September 2019
Rights: This work is the intellectual property of the author. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study, or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university, degree level and pagination. Queries or requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required, should be directed to the owner of the Intellectual Property Rights.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 27 May 2020 10:46
Last Modified: 27 May 2020 10:46
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39899

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