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A New Engagement? – Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen - Oxford Scholarship Online
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A New Engagement?: Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen

Cliff Zukin, Scott Keeter, Molly Andolina, Krista Jenkins, and Michael X. Delli Carpini


In searching for answers as to why young people differ vastly from their parents and grandparents when it comes to turning out the vote, this book challenges the conventional wisdom that today's youth is plagued by a severe case of political apathy. In order to understand the current nature of citizen engagement, it is critical to separate political from civic engagement. Using the results from an original set of surveys and primary research, the book concludes that while older citizens participate by voting, young people engage by volunteering and being active in their communities.

Keywords: young people, voting, political apathy, citizen engagement, civic engagement, community, volunteering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cliff Zukin, author

Scott Keeter, author
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Molly Andolina, author
Depaul University