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Political Awareness, Engagement and Identity

Citizenship
Identity
Activism
Youth
P307
Niels Kristensen
Aalborg Universitet
Trond Solhaug
Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim

Abstract

Political awareness relates to the development of political knowledge and skills, self-esteem and a broader set of political interests and understandings. The aim of the panel is to gain knowledge of political engagement and action, and to investigate into forms of underlying political identity constructions, political participation, and possibilities for political learning. Political identities here broadly correlate with what Converse (1964) labelled as “belief systems”. Political identity in this conception also develops through empowerment processes and through the subjective acquisition of political roles. Few studies have explored how individuals develop political engagement and identity. This panel especially welcomes studies on political awareness and people’s attention to politics: Studies focusing on how people become politically active, how people assess their political knowledge and their actual understandings of political matters, or how political identities develop

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