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Preaching to the choir: patterns of non/diversity in youth citizenship movements

Mejias, Sam ORCID: 0000-0003-3462-3815 and Banaji, Shakuntala ORCID: 0000-0002-9233-247X (2020) Preaching to the choir: patterns of non/diversity in youth citizenship movements. In: Banaji, Shakuntala and Mejias, Sam, (eds.) Youth Active Citizenship in Europe: Ethnographies of Participation. Springer International (Firm), 121 - 157. ISBN 9783030357931

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-030-35794-8_5


Within many youth-focused or youth-led civic and political action groups in the UK, a common discursive refrain is the importance of promoting equality and diversity in politics in order to empower the participation of marginalised young people and communities. This chapter explores the dynamics of diversity in two youth-led UK political groups, in order to understand rhetorical positions and material outcomes of organisational commitments to prioritising diversity. Reflecting on the implications of the contrasting ‘diversity’ repertoires of both organisations (Momentum and My Life My Say), this chapter explores how economic, social and historical contexts inflect youth citizenship spaces and suggests how strategies for effective diversification of youth citizenship movements can begin to expand possibilities for meaningful inclusion practices in youth politics.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors, under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 09:57
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2024 04:00

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