The Internet Generation
Engaged Citizens or Political Dropouts
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Tufts University Press
This book returns to the subject of my last book with the University Press of New England: Civic Literacy: How Informed Citizens Make Democracy Work. In the eight years since it was . . .
Part 1: Citizens in the Making
1: Why Political Dropouts Matter
The last phrase in the subtitle of this book is provocative: the expression “political dropout” evokes the image of young people who have withdrawn not from the world of education but from the world of . . .
2: Political Socialization, Social Class, and Technological Transformation
In the previous chapter, we introduced an approach based on political knowledge to the question of youth political participation—an approach that targets potential political dropouts. In this chapter, we . . .
3: The Revolution in Information Technology
In the first chapter, we introduced a way to approach the question of youth political participation based on political knowledge. In this chapter, we look at changes over time in the information media, the . . .
4: Political Participation
It’s time to get to the numbers: just how many young people vote? We have established that nowadays, for the most part, they turn out to vote at lower levels than did their parents and grandparents when . . .
5: The Political Knowledge of Emerging Generations
Getting the Internet generation to participate politically entails, first and foremost, instilling in them the habit of paying attention to public affairs. Th e data presented in chapter 4 that show . . .
Part 2: Institutions
6: Political Institutions
In this part of the book, we look at political institutions and their effect on informed youth political participation. So far, we have stressed the factors that contribute to a politically knowledgeable citizenry, and . . .
7: The Electoral System
In part 2, we seek to identify institutional arrangements found in advanced democracies that manage to maintain relatively high levels of informed political participation among young citizens, despite the . . .
8: Who Should Vote, and When?
In this chapter we continue to examine election rules, focusing on those directly affecting first-time potential voters. Measures along the lines discussed in this chapter would complement the reforms . . .
Part 3: Educating Tomorrow's Citizens
9: Civic Education outside the Classroom
It is time to focus on the institution whose mission is to impart knowledge. Chapter 2 pointed out that recent developments have placed a mounting burden of political socialization on the public school. But . . .
10: The Challenge of Civic Education in the Internet Age
I have argued from the start that we face a serious challenge in the phenomenon of political dropouts, and that any eff ective response to that challenge must address the upcoming generations’ political . . .
In the 1970s, the Swedish Social Democratic Party youth wing claimed over 80,000 members; in 2008, it had a paltry 2,000.1 That is an extraordinary drop. Although the party is still by far the largest in . . .
Page Count: 304
Illustrations: 27 tables.
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
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