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Talking Politics
A Psychological Framing of Views from Youth in Britain

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Part of European Monographs in Social Psychology

  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521125833

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  • Originally published in 1991, this study examines the views of politics presented by young people in contemporary Britain. Bhavnani argues that previous studies of youth and youth culture were limited by too great a reliance on simple survey techniques, and by lack of attention to conceptions of politics amongst young people, and to politics as a series of lived relationships rather than a set of external objects. Instead, she uses ethnographic approaches and open-response interviewing within the broad theoretical framework of social representations. The political is taken to refer to the ways in which people regulate, and attempt to regulate with a view to challenging, unequal social relationships. Within this the specific issues examined are employment, unemployment, youth training schemes, democracy and voting, racism, and marriage. Bhavnani's analysis, organised by themes such as disposable income and social and personal control, tackles questions of power in the research process; and a notion of discursive configurations as distinct from social representations.

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    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521125833
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Unemployment in Britain and its psychological and political consequences for the unemployed
    2. Youth, unemployment and political views
    3. Theoretical and methodological frameworks
    4. The research study
    5. The domain of the political: I. Employment, unemployment and youth training schemes
    6. The domain of the political: II. Democracy and voting, racism, and marriage
    7. Summary and issues for the future

  • Author

    Kum-Kum Bhavnani

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