Politics and International Relations Seminar Series

The development of an instrument to assess young people's political (dis)engagement in Britain

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

  • From: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 2 pm
  • Location: Chaucer Room 2702, Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT

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Based in the School of Social Sciences, the Department of Politics and International Relations holds a regular weekly seminar series over the academic year, inviting 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 Ana Pontes, who will be presenting on 'The development of a valid and reliable instrument to assess young people's political (dis)engagement in Britain: A psychometric approach'.

Abstract

Over the past decades there has been increasing concern with declining levels of political engagement, especially among young people. However, our understanding of what being politically engaged entails is somewhat challenged by the lack of consensus concerning the definition of political engagement. Furthermore, existing conceptualisations of political engagement often centre on a limited set of political action items, failing to recall that a person can be politically engaged and not take part in political actions.

Despite attempts to understand how young people themselves define politics, there are insufficient youth-specific explanations of what being politically engaged means.

In this study, three focus groups including young people aged between 18 and 24 years old were conducted, aiming to ascertain their understandings of political engagement. Drawing on the results, there is a need to develop a conceptualisation of political engagement that takes into account young people’s definitions of the concept. Furthermore, there is a need to advance the field of political participation by developing a revised instrument to assess the construct of political engagement that ultimately will help clarify current conceptual debates in the field.

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 via email 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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