Political Engagement amongst Ethnic Minority Young People: Making a Difference

Therese O'Toole, Richard Gale

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book


This book 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 pluralized 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 book 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.
Translated title of the contributionPolitical Engagement among Ethnic Minority Young People: Making a Difference
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages0
ISBN (Print)9780230202733
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NamePalgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Structured keywords

  • Migration Mobilities Bristol
  • minority
  • migration
  • mobility
  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship


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