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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32142

Title: Children, Youth, and Civic (dis)Engagement: Digital Technology and Citizenship
Authors: Bell, Brandi
Keywords: Civic Engagement
Digital Technology
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking
Citation: Bell, Brandi L. (2005). "Children, Youth, and Civic (dis)Engagement: Digital Technology and Citizenship," CRACIN Working Paper No. 5, June 2005, Toronto: Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking/Alliance canadienne de recherche pour le réseautage et l'innovation communautaires.
Series/Report no.: CRACIN Working Paper
Abstract: Sherrod, Flanagan, and Youniss (2002) state that “research on the development of citizenship is enjoying a renaissance, fueled in part by the writings of Robert Putnam (2000), who has argued that we face a civic crisis today in terms of young people’s civic disengagement”. Some of the current literature about youth and civic participation, especially in the popular press, is directly concerned with this apparent ‘civic disengagement’ of youth, attempting to understand why youth are not engaged and to determine how to encourage increased participation. There is a substantial amount of work being done by scholars, however, which is moving beyond this traditional approach to civic engagement and participation, as well as beyond the pessimistic perspective on youth civic engagement in particular. Those undertaking this work are critically engaging with the concepts of civic engagement, civic participation, and politics and are addressing the complexities of applying such concepts to the lives and experiences of children and youth. In this paper, I will discuss recent academic literature pertaining to youth civic engagement in the Western context and map some of the important changes in the field identified by these scholars. I am particularly interested in examining contemporary approaches to issues such as how youth are conceptualized; how citizenship, civic participation, and civic (dis)engagement are understood with respect to youth; and, what roles media and internet technologies are perceived to play in youth civic engagement. It is important to note that much work has been done on youth and engagement in the context of developing countries, however, this review will engage specifically with work in the Western context as an entry point into the broader issues and concerns.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32142
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