Doing Politics Differently: Understanding the Political Participation of Young New Zealanders

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dc.contributor.advisor Humpage, L en
dc.contributor.author Tipene, Clark en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-27T22:56:31Z en
dc.date.issued 2018 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/37754 en
dc.description Full Text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract Much of the extant literature on youth political engagement tells a story we have heard many times before – young people do not vote in high numbers when compared to their older counterparts. This worry is reserved not only for scholars but shared by a concerned public, who point to an apathetic young population that does not care about politics. It does not help that young people are increasingly demonised as disinterested or, indeed, lazy by the media. Using semi-structured interviews conducted with eight young New Zealanders, this thesis focuses on young peoples’ participation in political activities which do not directly involve voting – for example, signing a petition online, attending a protest or volunteering for a social cause seeking to make political change. It asks them why they choose to do these activities, even though they normally involve a significant, unpaid time commitment. It also discusses their voting and the way it interacts with their non-electoral activities. This thesis finds that the way we talk about politics is important, that we should focus on issues that matter to young people and that voting ought not to be the only way to conceptualise politics. Moreover, it discovers a paradox whereby participants do not want to formally join a political party but are happy to interact with them on policy consultation and through volunteer activities. Herein lies the broader significance of this project – by rethinking some of the assumptions we have about political participation, we can better understand the ways young people are participating in, and interacting with, politics in their everyday lives. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99265087508602091 en
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dc.title Doing Politics Differently: Understanding the Political Participation of Young New Zealanders en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.elements-id 753699 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-09-28 en


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