Citizens Adrift

Citizens Adrift

The Democratic Disengagement of Young Canadians

Book - 2010
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Many political observers, struck by low turnout rates among young voters, are pessimistic about the future of democracy in Canada and other Western nations. Citizens in general are disengaged from politics, and young people in particular are said to be adrift in a sea of apathy. Building on these observations, Paul Howe examines patterns of participation and engagement from both the past and present, concluding that young Canadians are, in fact, increasingly detached from the political and civic life of the country. Two key trends underlie this development: waning political knowledge and attentiveness and generational changes in the norms and values that sustain social integration. As Citizens Adrift shows, putting young people back on the path towards engaged citizenship requires a holistic approach, one which acknowledges that democratic engagement extends beyond the realm of formal politics.
Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780774818759
9780774818766
Branch Call Number: 323.04208 HOW
Characteristics: xx, 338 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm

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