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ERIC Number: EJ994620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-0965
Youth, Life, and Politics: Examining the Everyday in Comparative Politics
Ortuoste, Maria
PS: Political Science and Politics, v45 n2 p285-290 Apr 2012
The traditional way of introducing comparative politics to freshmen, which is through the study of institutions, is contrasted with an alternative approach. An everyday-politics approach compares the daily struggles of global youth--how they cope in times of peace and war, and with issues of wealth and poverty, identity, education and employment, and citizenship and immigration. This approach contains four elements: juxtapositions, recognition of the vicissitudes of growing up in a more complex world, the use of stories, and social action in our daily lives. This combination "gently" introduces the concepts of comparative politics but with an emphasis on how politics affect the lives of other young people. These stories also show the various forms of political participation and political resistance in different countries. An everyday-politics approach, while still experimental, seems to yield some positive results in helping students care about politics, gaining an understanding of how much is at stake for them, and connecting them to the wider world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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