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Authors:Maria Zachariasson:
Publication title:Trying to Make a Difference. Political Involvement in Everyday Life
Conference:Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:025
Article No.:068
Abstract: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 “politically aware” 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.

Language:English
Year:2007
No. of pages:10
Pages:677-686
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/025/068/ecp072568.pdf
Available:2007-11-27
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Maria Zachariasson (2007). Trying to Make a Difference. Political Involvement in Everyday Life, Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=025;article=068 (accessed 11/29/2014)