Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | Trying to Make a Difference. Political Involvement in Everyday Life

Title:
Trying to Make a Difference. Political Involvement in Everyday Life
Author:
Maria Zachariasson: Department of culture studies and oriental languages, University of Oslo, Norway
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
068
Pages:
677-686
No. of pages:
10
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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When the media writes about young people and political action; they usually focus on the big; spectacular demonstrations and protests. Those are the kind of political actions that are most visible to the public; and they thus get the most attention. In my study of political involvement among youth; based on interviews with young people in the Global Justice Movement; I show that many individuals see other; less visible ways of acting politically as just as important as the big manifestations. Seemingly trivial choices in everyday life; what you buy; what you eat; how you travel etc. are by them seen as political actions; in those cases when they are motivated by political opinions and values. To keep up a ‚Äúpolitically aware‚ÄĚ lifestyle is however not always easy.

In my paper I give examples of how the interviewed individuals reason around the connection between such inconspicuous actions; their political involvement and their long term goal to change the world.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Maria Zachariasson
Title:
Trying to Make a Difference. Political Involvement in Everyday Life
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Cited Interviews


Alva 26 years old, Sweden, Attac & Social Forum. Interview 2002-05-22.


Anita 23 years old, Norway, Attac. Interview 2004-06-15.


Jenny 25 years old, Sweden, Attac & Social Forum. Interview 2002-09-27.


Lina 19 years old, Norway, Social forum. Interview 2003-02-22.


Marie 28 years old, Sweden, Attac & Social Forum. Interview 2003-01-19.


Rikke 25 years old, Norway, Attac. Interview 2004-03-31.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Maria Zachariasson
Title:
Trying to Make a Difference. Political Involvement in Everyday Life
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