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Researching youth political participation in Australia: Arguments for an expanded focus

by Ian Fyfe

Youth Studies Australia, v.28, n.1, 2009, pp.37-45.

Summary: The distinct political lives and lifestyles of young people provide a rich arena for social research. This paper traces the origins of contemporary definitions of political participation, which are often at odds with the real experiences and aspirations of young citizens. Despite a growing body of empirical evidence in this field, researchers are still challenged to represent the unique contribution young people make to political life. This paper suggests that expanding the research focus of the study of youth political participation in Australia would offer scope for generating new knowledge and meaning.

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