Deliberately selected to represent as many parts of the globe as possible, and with a commitment to recognizing both the similarities and differences in children and young people's lives - from China to Denmark, from Canada to India, from Japan to Iceland, from - the authors offer a rich contextualization of children's engagement with their particular media and communication environment, while also pursuing cross-cutting themes in terms of comparative and global trends.

Facilitating Political Participation: Young Citizens, Internet and Civic Cultures

Facilitating political participation: Young citizens, internet and civic cultures
PeterDahlgren and TobiasOlsson

Introduction

In the context of the dilemmas of Western liberal democracy, the apparent lack of civic engagement, especially among the young, has become a topic of growing concern. Further, the role of the internet and other newer forms of interactive communication technologies has been aired considerably over the past decade, with various positions being asserted in regard to the role of these media in positively enhancing the pubic sphere and political participation. At the same time, manifestations of newer forms of political participation, where younger citizens and new communication technologies are often central elements, are also drawing research attention. In the discussion that follows, we bring together ...

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