Political Engagement among Ethnic Minority Young People

Project Details

Description

Leverhulme Trust funded qualitative research project exploring political engagement and activism among ethnic minority young people.
£73,335; Therese O'Toole (PI); Richard Gale (RF)

Layman's description

When the political engagement of ethnic minority and Muslim young people has featured in public debates, it has typically been connected with concerns about disengagement, disaffection or extremism. Despite the intensity of these debates, there is actually relatively little data to substantiate these concerns. Moreover, there has been rather little recognition of the forms of action in which ethnic minority young people do engage. Between disaffection and political violence, there are a range of forms of political participation, which have received insufficient attention. This project sets out a conceptual and empirical framework that aims to go beyond crisis narratives to explore the ways in which ethnic minority and Muslim young people politically engage.

Key findings

The research engages with debates on ethnic minority and Muslim young people showing, beyond apathy and violent political extremism, the diverse forms of political engagement in which young people engage. It situates its analysis of ethnic minority young people’s politics in relation to four areas of social and political change: changing patterns of citizens’ democratic participation manifested in a shift towards more informal and everyday activism; the emergence of more decentred and participatory forms of governance that have pluralised the sites of political participation; shifting conceptions of identities and ethnicity and their implications for identity politics; and the significance of different scales of activism enabled by new information communication technologies. In so doing, the research identifies ‘new grammars of action’ among ethnic minority young people that help to explain their disaffection with mainstream politics and through which they creatively politically participate to make a difference.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/06/0430/11/06

Structured keywords

  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

Research Output

  • 7 Chapter in a book
  • 2 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Authored book
  • 1 Other report

Beyond Crisis Narratives: changing modes and repertoires of political participation among young people

O'Toole, T., 2015, Geographies of Politics, Citizenship and Right: Children and Young People as Participants in Politics. Skelton, T. (ed.). Springer Verlag

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

Political engagement among ethnic minority young people: exploring new grammars of action

O'Toole, T., 1 Jul 2015, Political (dis)engagement: the changing nature of the ‘political’. Nathan, M. (ed.). Bristol: Policy Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

3 Citations (Scopus)

Participatory governance in practice

O'Toole, T. & Gale, R., Jun 2014, Practices of Freedom. Griggs, S., Norval, A. & Wagenaar, H. (eds.). Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Projects

    Lessons from WBYI: Then, Now and the Future

    Singh Gill, S., O'Toole, T., Gale, R., Atfield, G. & Mac an Ghaill, M.

    1/11/0631/05/08

    Project: Research

    Activities

    • 3 Invited talk

    ‘The politics of identity and new grammars of action in young people’s political and civil participation’

    Therese O'Toole (Participant)

    15 May 201317 May 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Young People’s Grammars of Political Action

    Therese O'Toole (Participant)

    13 Nov 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Contemporary grammars of political action among ethnic minority young activists

    Therese O'Toole (Participant)

    29 Apr 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk