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Young People Re-Generating Politics in Times of Crises

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  • Profiles new forms of political action emerging from young people
  • Challenges the popular ideas and arguments that young people are now largely apolitical, apathetic and not interested in political participation
  • Offers a global perspective on youth politics with contributions from North America, Australia, Africa, Central and Latin America, Asia and a number of European nations

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Young People and Politics (PSYPP)

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This book provides insight into the diverse ways young people from around the world are regenerating politics in innovative and multifaceted ways. The authors, who include academics and activists, challenge claims that young people are apolitical, apathetic and living up to the ‘me generation’ stereotype. Contributions cover a rich body of case examples of traditional and new forms of youth politics in response to situated injustices and political and socio-economic crises. Significant and optimistic, the collection presents strong evidence from across the globe that these developments are not isolated incidences, but are in fact part of a systemic, large-scale transformation leading to a regeneration of the political landscape by young people. The book is aimed at students and scholars in the fields of politics, sociology, policy studies and youth and childhood studies.

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Young People, Collective Identity and Community Building

  2. Young People and Protest as Politics


“The editors, Sarah Pickard and Judith Bessant, have produced a remarkable volume of studies on young political activity. … It will be a useful resource for those working in the field of young people’s politics, but the power and scope of the book mean it would suit reading lists on social movements, direct action, the contemporary politics of democracy and so forth.” (Benjamin Bowman, Information, Communication & Society, Vol. 21, February, 2018) “An excellent collection brimming with insights about the dynamism and variety of young people’s political participation and expression. Covering an impressive range of national, social and political contexts, this book is a must read for anyone concerned about contemporary political dynamics and the central role young people are playing in reshaping our political practices.” (Dr Nathan Manning, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of York, UK)

“Young people remaking politics, restoring hope, and showing new ways of engaging the world and living lives of meaning. In Young people re-generating politics in times of crises Pickard and Bessant have gathered together a wide array of scholars, many of whom are themselves young, and have shown how a new generation are remaking the political order through their brave, defiant and creative strategies and theorising. The 34 contributors – from Europe, the US and Australia  but also South Africa, Turkey, Croatia, Kenya and Chile– address all of the pressing issues of our time: authoritarianism, repression, austerity, marketization, environmental degradation, unemployment, racism, decolonisation…. This is an expansive, up to date expose, critique and agenda for action – all in one place. It is the reset button for youth activism and the new lens for viewing youth political engagement we have long needed.” (Professor Sharlene Swartz, Associate Professor Sociology, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Director: Human and Social Development, Human Sciences Research Council)

“This powerful and inspiring collection of essays should finally lay to rest the idea that youth and political apathy are one and the same. If you want to comprehend the forces that will shape politics in the years to come, this book is absolutely essential reading.”  (Shiv Malik, journalist and author of Jilted Generation: How Britain Bankrupted its Youth)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France

    Sarah Pickard

  • RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

    Judith Bessant

About the editors

Sarah Pickard is Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France. Her research on contemporary youth studies focuses on the interaction between youth policy and youth politics from sociological and political perspectives. She publishes primarily on the relationship between young people and political participation.

Judith Bessant is Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Melbourne, Australia. She publishes in the areas of sociology, youth studies, politics, policy and history, and also works as an advisor to governments and to non-government organisations.

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