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Political activism across the life course

Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa; Varvantakis, Christos and Aruldoss, Vinnarasan. 2017. Political activism across the life course. Contemporary Social Science, 12(1-2), pp. 1-12. ISSN 2158-2041 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The study of political activism has neglected people’s personal and social relationships to time. Age, life course and generation have become increasing important experiences for understanding political participation and political outcomes (e.g. Brexit), and current policies of austerity across the world are affecting people of all ages. At a time when social science is struggling to understand the rapid and unexpected changes to the current political landscape, the essay argues that the study of political activism can be enriched by engaging with the temporal dimensions of people’s everyday social experiences because it enables the discovery of political activism in mundane activities as well as in banal spaces. The authors suggest that a values-based approach that focuses on people’s relationships of concern would be a suitable way to surface contemporary political sites and experiences of activism across the life course and for different generations.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/21582041.2017.1336566

Keywords:

Political activism; age; life course; generation; temporality; values

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
27 June 2017Published
22 May 2017Accepted

Item ID:

22741

Date Deposited:

10 Jan 2018 16:40

Last Modified:

25 Jun 2019 11:57

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22741

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