By Constance A. Flanagan

Most kids are too younger to vote and are off the radar of political scientists. Teenage Citizens seems past the electoral video game to think about the query of the way this missed section of our citizenry is familiar with political themes. Bridging psychology and political technology, Constance Flanagan argues that civic identities shape in the course of early life and are rooted in children’ daily lives―in their reviews as individuals of faculties and community-based firms and of their workout of voice, collective motion, and accountability in these settings. this can be the section of existence while political rules are born.

Through voices from quite a lot of social sessions and ethnic backgrounds within the usa and 5 different international locations, we learn the way kids shape rules approximately democracy, inequality, legislation, ethnic id, the social agreement, and the binds that bind participants of a polity jointly. Flanagan’s twenty-five years of analysis express how teenagers’ own and relatives values accord with their political beliefs. whilst their households emphasize social responsibility―for humans in desire and for the typical good―and practice provider to the group, kids’ rules approximately democracy and the social agreement spotlight ideas of tolerance, social inclusion, and equality. while households social accountability relative to different values, children’ rules approximately democracy specialise in their rights as individuals.

At a time while possibilities for formative years are shrinking, Constance Flanagan is helping us know the way youth come to envisage the realm of politics and civic engagement, and the way their very own political identities take form.

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