Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447317029 Published March 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447317012 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Political (Dis)engagement

The Changing Nature of the 'Political'

Edited by Nathan Manning

Political (Dis)engagement

Edited by Nathan Manning

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

276 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447317029 Published March 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447317012 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In what ways are the meaning and practice of politics changing? Why might so many people feel dissatisfied with and disaffected by electoral politics? What approaches do political activists use to raise issues and mobilize people for action? What role do the Internet and social media play in contemporary citizenship and activism? This truly interdisciplinary book offers answers to all of these questions. Bringing together international academics, political activists, and campaigners, it explores the meaning of politics and citizenship in contemporary society and the current forms of political (dis)engagement. This book offers a rare dialogue between analysts and activists and will be especially valuable to academics and students across the social sciences, in particular sociology and political science.
Contents
Introduction - Nathan Manning

PART ONE The changing landscape of politics
Does participation always have a democratic spirit? - Michele Micheletti
Love always wins: All Out’s campaign for equality everywhere - Andre Banks
Social media and political participation: BBC World Service and the Arabic Spring - Marie Gillespie, Nesrine Abdel Sattar and Mina Lami

PART TWO Contemporary political (dis)engagements
Feeling politics: the importance of emotions for understanding electoral (dis)engagement - Nathan Manning
UK Uncut: direct action against austerity - Tim Street
Doubly Disillusioned? Young Muslims and mainstream British politics - Parveen Akhtar

PART THREE The politics of identity and marginalisation
Political engagement among ethnic minority young people: exploring new grammars of action - Therese O’Toole
'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere' - Francine Fernandes
Political participation is self-interest... but not in the way you might think - Stephen Reicher, Yashpal Jogdand and Caoimhe Ryan
Conclusion: politics as an open-ended process - Nathan Manning
Review Quotes
Stephen Coleman, University of Leeds, UK
“This is a very important book which both reminds us of ways of thinking about politics that have been submerged in recent decades and urges us to think more imaginatively about new ways of being political. Anyone interested in the revitalization of democratic politics should read this book.”
Ariadne Vromen, University of Sydney, Australia
“In contrasting traditional with new, everyday forms of digital participation, this book engagingly raises challenging questions about whose experiences and identities are included, and also who is increasingly excluded or disengaging from both new and old politics.”
David Marsh, University of Canberra, Australia
“An excellent contribution to the growing literature on alternative forms of political participation, at a time when too many see young people especially as apathetic and uninvolved.”
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