Engaging in the Political World

  • Julianne K. Viola
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Young People and Politics book series (PSYPP)


This chapter illustrates civic identity in practice by describing how young people are engaging in and shaping their views of today’s political world in digitally mediated ways. Technology is embedded within each of these areas and themes, and adds nuance to how young people present themselves and gather information about the world around them, and how they see themselves engaging politically. The data demonstrate that young people are building their opinions and voices by paying attention to current events, such as the 2016 United States presidential election, learning from adults in their lives, and recognizing how their views align with political parties. However, young people feel their voices and efficacy are restricted, despite their digitally mediated civic experiences, due to factors like maintaining friendships with people whose views differ from their own, and being told by adults in their lives to “stay out of” politics.


Civic engagement Political identity Political discussions Parental influence Youth voice 


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  • Julianne K. Viola
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  1. 1.Centre for Higher Education Research and ScholarshipImperial College LondonLondonUK

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