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The origins of adolescents’ involvement in illegal political activities: a function of demographic background, political dissatisfaction, affective commitment, or political
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
2013 (English)In: Politics, Culture and Socialization, ISSN 1866-3427, E-ISSN 2196-1417, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 201-225Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although great steps have been made to understand young people’s political participation in general, one dimension that remains understudied is involvement in illegal political activity. With data for 2,012 Swedish teenagers, surveyed annually for two years, this study begins to bridge this gap by examining the extent to which demographic background, political dissatisfaction, affective commitment, and political communication explain adolescents’ involvement in subsequent illegal political activity. Analyses confirmed that boys were more inclined than girls to illegal political activity, as were adolescents with higher levels of perceived lack of system responsiveness. When in simultaneous examination with these two factors, affective commitments and political communication did not predict involvement in illegal political activity at the second measurement. In sum, findings suggested that gender and dissatisfaction explain the origins of adolescents’ use of illegal political activity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Verlag Barbara Budrich, 2013. Vol. 4, no 2, p. 201-225
Keywords [en]
illegal political activity, adolescence, demographic background, political dissatisfaction, affective commitment, political communication
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-34028DiVA, id: diva2:700147
Available from: 2014-03-03 Created: 2014-03-03 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Breaking the law: adolescents' involvement in illegal political activitiy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Breaking the law: adolescents' involvement in illegal political activitiy
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Illegal political activity has always been part of a democratic society. Despite this, not much is known about young people’s involvement in these political activities. Research portrays political influence attempts of this kind in different terms; as troublesome for the democratic political system, as expressions of conscious decisions vital for humanity’s future, and yet other times as illustrations of a coming-of-age rebellion. Overall there is a lack of collective knowledge on illegal political activity, and especially in adolescence – the age period when these political activities seem to peak.

The aim of this dissertation is therefore to enhance knowledge of involvement in illegal political activity in adolescence. This dissertation addresses this task in four empirical studies. Results show that mostly boys engage politically with illegal political means. Adolescents involved are also interested in politics, believe in their own abilities to take part in political activities, have long-term political goals, and approve of violent political tactics. In addition, these activities also seem to associate with a challenge of authority. This could be seen in how political dissatisfaction was translated into illegal political activity, and in the way these activities seemed to be reactions to a non legitimized parental authority. Besides authority challenges, these activities are likely the result of important peer relations; influences from peers with experiences of illegal political activity seem to be a most probable answer to why adolescents adopt these political means. Taken together, the results of this dissertation show that adolescents involved in illegal political activity are well-equipped for political involvement, challenge authorities in most contexts of their lives, and are likely to adopt these political means from already involved peers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2014. p. 101
Series
Örebro Studies in Political Science, ISSN 1650-1632 ; 34
Keywords
illegal political activity, adolescents, political socialization
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-33225 (URN)978-91-7529-004-1 (ISBN)
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2014-03-14, Hörsal P2, Prismahuset, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2014-01-22 Created: 2014-01-22 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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