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Radical Futures?. Youth, Politics and Activism in Contemporary Europe. Sociological Review Monographs

  • ID: 3048846
  • Book
  • August 2015
  • Region: Europe
  • 268 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Radical Futures? Youth, Politics and Activism in Contemporary Europe features a collection of articles originating from the European Commission–funded project MYPLACE (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement), which has mapped the relationship between political heritage, current levels and forms of civic and political engagement of young people in Europe, and their potential receptivity to radical and populist political agendas. MYPLACE utilizes interviews and ethnographic and survey data to examine the past, the present and the future in gaining an understanding of the civic and political engagement of today s youth. Themes running through contributions include such questions as: What is politics and why do so many young people say they hate it? How does the past influence the present and shape the future? Are today s youth receptive to populist and radical right political agendas? Reflecting innovative new research approaches and scholarship, Radical Futures? offers illuminating insights into the sometimes challenging thoughts and attitudes of the current generation of young people in Europe and how they might shape the future.
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Acknowledgements
vii

Series editor s acknowledgements
viii

Politics are bollocks : youth, politics and activism in contemporary Europe
1

Hilary Pilkington and Gary Pollock

Part One: Footprints: political heritage and political socialization

Making sense of the difficult past: transmission of political heritage and memory–work among young people across Europe
36

Anton Popov and Du an Deák

Memory transmission and political socialization in post–socialist Hungary
53

Domonkos Sik

Political discussions with family and friends: exploring the impact of political distance
72

Klaus Levinsen and Carsten Yndigegn

Part Two: The end of politics? Rethinking youth activism

Youth participation in context: the impact of youth transition regimes on political action strategies in Europe
92

Roger Soler–i–Martí and Mariona Ferrer–Fons

Two worlds of participation: young people and politics in Germany
118

Britta Busse, Alexandra Hashem–Wangler and Jochen Tholen

Populism, ideology and contradiction: mapping young people s political views
141

Gary Pollock, Tom Brock and Mark Ellison

The madness that is the world: young activists emotional reasoning and their participation in a local Occupy movement
167

Phil Mizen

Part Three: A turn to the radical right?

Support for far right ideology and anti–migrant attitudes among youth in Europe: A comparative analysis
183

Inta Mieri a and Ilze Koro eva

Loud and proud : youth and the politics of silencing
206

Robert Grimm and Hilary Pilkington

Golden Dawn, austerity and young people: the rise of fascist extremism among young people in contemporary Greek society
231

Alexandra Koronaiou, Evangelos Lagos, Alexandros Sakellariou, Stelios Kymionis and Irini Chiotaki–Poulou

Notes on contributors
250

Index
257
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Hilary Pilkington is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK. She has been coordinator of a number of large, collaborative research projects including the FP7 MYPLACE project. She has published widely on youth and on post–socialist societies including recently co–authoring Punk in Russia: Cultural Mutation from the Useless to the Moronic (2014) and Russia s Skinheads: Exploring and Rethinking Subcultural Lives (2010). 

Gary Pollock is Professor and Head of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Focused on youth research for more than 20 years, Pollock s current interests are in utilizing survey data to examine young people in society in terms of their social and political outlook as well as their employment and family trajectories. He is co–editor of Young People in Risk Society (2002).
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