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ERIC Number: EJ844120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0145-935X
Chapter 1: Locating Youth Civic Engagement
Roholt, Ross VeLure; Hildreth, R. W.; Baizerman, Michael
Child & Youth Services, v29 n3-4 p1-15 2007
There is a moral panic in the US about youth civic engagement because data show decreasing rates of involvement in organized groups and with voting. There are multiple interpretations of what this means for democracy and about young people. One major reading is that interest in civic life is decreasing and this is seen to be related to increasingly self-involvement through electronic media and the proliferation of small, informal groups for social, recreational, spiritual and other interests. We differ by reading the data to say that young people are not less interested in public issues now than in the past and that their current limited involvement is due to the limited availability of certain types of organized opportunities, especially those which invite their full, authentic, meaningful, and consequential involvement. One such type is the youth civic engagement initiatives examined in this text. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States