Young people's politics and the micro-territories of the local

Harris, Anita and Wyn, Johanna (2009) Young people's politics and the micro-territories of the local. Australian Journal of Political Science, 44 2: 327-344. doi:10.1080/10361140902865308

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Author Harris, Anita
Wyn, Johanna
Title Young people's politics and the micro-territories of the local
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-030X
Publication date 2009-06-02
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361140902865308
Open Access Status
Volume 44
Issue 2
Start page 327
End page 344
Total pages 18
Editor Ian McAllister
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
160602 Citizenship
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
940201 Civics and Citizenship
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Abstract In spite of the late modern interpellation of youth as mobile and globally oriented, and a perception of social and political issues as increasingly playing out in a transnational arena, young Australians exhibit strong local and individualised tendencies in expressing politics. They are bounded by the 'micro-territories of the local'; that is, their political thinking and acting takes place within the spaces of home, friendship groups, school and neighbourhood. This paper draws on an ARC project with nearly 1000 mainly 15-17-year-old Victorians to examine the relationship between young people's embeddedness in their local worlds and their views of themselves as efficacious political actors. It considers how their competency within such micro-territories opens up neglected sites and strategies for political expression and engagement while limiting their sense of sense of political efficacy, and it asserts the significance of considering this age group, not for what these young people will become in the future, but for their particular location, socially, physically and politically in the present.
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