Understanding Youth Participation Across Europe

From Survey to Ethnography

  • Hilary Pilkington
  • Gary Pollock
  • Renata Franc

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Gary Pollock, Hilary Pilkington, Renata Franc
    Pages 1-15
  3. Context-Sensitive Survey Research

  4. Beyond Comparison? Transnational Qualitative Research

  5. Triangulation in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Renata Franc
      Pages 209-226
    3. Renata Franc, Benjamin Perasović, Marko Mustapić
      Pages 227-263
    4. Britta Busse, Mariona Ferrer-Fons, Robert Grimm, Jochen Tholen, Sanjin Uležić, Kevin Wolnik
      Pages 265-291
    5. Tamar Khoshtaria, Mariam Kobaladze, Tinatin Zurabishvili
      Pages 293-315
    6. Hilary Pilkington, Renata Franc, Gary Pollock
      Pages 317-329
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 331-340

About this book


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, the authors discuss substantive issues relating to young people’s attitudes and activism including: attitudes to the European Union and to history; understanding of political ideologies; how attitudes to democracy are shaped by political heritage; activism in radical right wing groups and religion-based organisations; and digital activism.

These contributions make the book’s case that 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. The book 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 of triangulating different kinds of data.

Understanding Youth Participation Across Europe will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including Sociology, Political Sociology, Youth Studies and Political and Civic Participation. 



anthropology ethnography Europe participation social science youth

Editors and affiliations

  • Hilary Pilkington
    • 1
  • Gary Pollock
    • 2
  • Renata Franc
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of SociologyManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Ivo Pilar Institute of Social SciencesZagrebCroatia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59006-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59007-7
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