Political Engagement Trajectories of Youth Activists Following Recruitment into High-Intensity Mobilisation

Nulman, Eugene (2019) Political Engagement Trajectories of Youth Activists Following Recruitment into High-Intensity Mobilisation. Journal of Youth Studies. ISSN 1367-6261

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Abstract

Using in-depth interview data of young adults who participated in the University of Kent student occupation, this paper 1) explores the process by which young people enter into and engage in high-intensity mobilisation and 2) seeks to understand how this mobilisation (and prior engagement) impacts future political trajectories of these youth activists as they grow into adulthood. Recruitment and initial engagement in high-intensity mobilisation correspond to concepts used to explain civic engagement in Verba, Schlozman and Brady’s (1995) civic voluntarism model. Political trajectories following high-intensity engagement appeared to correspond with engagement prior to participation in the occupation, with those who had lower levels of prior engagement able to sustain their activism well beyond the initial high-intensity engagement. Those with greater activist experiences prior to the occupation and earlier in their youth reduced their engagement following the high-intensity mobilisation. While patterns of trajectories from young adulthood to adulthood appeared, the causal mechanisms varied significantly.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2019.1655535
Date: 19 August 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Youth civic engagement, mobilisation, social movements, student activism, life-course changes
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Eugene Nulman
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 08:51
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2020 12:27
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7886

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