Politics and International Relations Seminar Series

Post-materialism and young people's political participation in a time of austerity

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The Department of Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences holds a regular seminar series over the academic year to invite excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings.

  • From: Wednesday 19 October 2016, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 19 October 2016, 2 pm
  • Location: Chaucer Room 2702, Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT

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The department of Politics and International Relations, in the School of Social Sciences, holds a regular seminar series over the academic year to invite excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings.

This is an integral part of our research culture in the department, which stimulates thought and debate, and informs about current developments in the various subfields of Politics and International Relations.

Staff and students from the department of Politics and International Relations and the wider university are welcome to attend.

This week's seminar is from NTU's Professor Matt Henn and co-researchers Dr Ben Oldfield and James Hart who will be presenting on 'Post-materialism and young people's political participation in a time of austerity.'

Abstract

Recent trends suggest that young people in Britain are refraining from engaging in formal political processes, including abstaining from voting in elections. At the same time, they are increasingly expressing support for, and turning toward, a new and diverse range of non-institutionalised forms of political action in order to actualise their interests.

Using Inglehart's ideas on post-materialism, we consider whether this apparent rejection of mainstream electorally-oriented (institutionalised) politics in favour of less conventional – and sometimes radical – forms of (non-institutionalised) political action is changing over time in Britain, reflecting fluctuating economic and social conditions witnessed since the turn of the new Millennium.

We do this by comparing results from two surveys of British 18 year olds conducted in 2002 during an era of relative global prosperity, and then in 2011 at the height of the current global crisis. The findings suggest that British young post-materialists are considerably more likely than young materialists to support both institutionalised and non-institutionalised forms of political action.

Booking information

Staff and students from the department of Politics and International Relations and the wider university are welcome to attend.

Should you be external to the University and wish to listen to one of our speakers, please inform the Research Seminar Coordinator, Dr Kevin Love prior to the event you wish to attend.

Location details

Room/Building:

Chaucer Room 2702, Chaucer building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LT

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