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Youth Activism in Ireland - Evaluating the Political Psychological Impact of Education on Young Students

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Investigating youth culture and the role of education in fostering political-mindedness is typically lacking in political psychology. In developing a workable theoretical space to explore how such variables impact upon the political psychology of individuals, the field can be greatly enhanced. One such area to illuminate the potentiality of such variables is that of civic engagement and social change amongst young people. Indeed, across many democratic European and American communities, the younger cohorts of society have often displayed poor electoral engagement in an increasingly borderless technology-driven world. This paper uses secondary qualitative data from Ireland to examine how the education system of the arguably neoliberal Irish state has impacted upon the political psychology of young Irish students. In a society where rising anarchic discontent, steady unemployment and consistent emigration is of considerable concern, this paper profiles to how and to what extent the education set-up has limited the young Irish person with regards to their socio-political activism. The emerging themes qualitatively elucidate upon interlinking concepts such as a political class, a culture of control, the industrialisation of education, and groupthink. The conclusion offers a framework for how such a case study can inform political psychologists to devise future research on evaluating the relationships between variables effecting civic engagement and social change.
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McCashin, Darragh. and Bowe, Greg. "Youth Activism in Ireland - Evaluating the Political Psychological Impact of Education on Young Students" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel, Jul 04, 2013 <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p658425_index.html>

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McCashin, D. and Bowe, G. , 2013-07-04 "Youth Activism in Ireland - Evaluating the Political Psychological Impact of Education on Young Students" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC–Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel <Not Available>. 2014-12-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p658425_index.html

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Abstract: Investigating youth culture and the role of education in fostering political-mindedness is typically lacking in political psychology. In developing a workable theoretical space to explore how such variables impact upon the political psychology of individuals, the field can be greatly enhanced. One such area to illuminate the potentiality of such variables is that of civic engagement and social change amongst young people. Indeed, across many democratic European and American communities, the younger cohorts of society have often displayed poor electoral engagement in an increasingly borderless technology-driven world. This paper uses secondary qualitative data from Ireland to examine how the education system of the arguably neoliberal Irish state has impacted upon the political psychology of young Irish students. In a society where rising anarchic discontent, steady unemployment and consistent emigration is of considerable concern, this paper profiles to how and to what extent the education set-up has limited the young Irish person with regards to their socio-political activism. The emerging themes qualitatively elucidate upon interlinking concepts such as a political class, a culture of control, the industrialisation of education, and groupthink. The conclusion offers a framework for how such a case study can inform political psychologists to devise future research on evaluating the relationships between variables effecting civic engagement and social change.


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