South Africa’s youth and political participation, 1994-2014

 

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dc.contributor.author Mattes, Robert
dc.contributor.author Richmond, Samantha
dc.coverage.spatial South Africa en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-01T13:18:44Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-01T13:18:44Z
dc.date.issued 2014-07-09
dc.identifier.citation Mattes, R. & S. Richmond. 2014. South Africa’s Youth and Political Participation, 1994-2014. Cape Town: Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-77011-325-1 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7905
dc.description.abstract South Africans hold – often simultaneously – contradictory beliefs about young people and politics. On one hand, driven largely by a romanticized memory of Soweto and the street battles of the 1980s, many people see the youth as the primary catalyst of activism and political change. On the other hand, driven by continuing media depictions of youth unemployment, township protests and the antics of the ANC Youth League, a wide range of commentators routinely experience “moral panics” about the apparent “crisis” of the youth and their corrosive effect on the country’s political culture. In this report, we review a wide range of longitudinal survey data spanning the first two decades of democracy and find that there are indeed a series of real problems with South Africa’s political culture, particularly in the area of citizenship. At the same time, these data clearly show that these problems are largely not peculiar to young people. Across a range of different indicators, we find consistently that there are no, or relatively minor, age profiles to most dimensions of South African political culture. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.relation.ispartofseries CSSR Working Paper Series ; 338 en_ZA
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) *
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dc.subject Youth en_ZA
dc.subject Political activity en_ZA
dc.title South Africa’s youth and political participation, 1994-2014 en_ZA
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Working paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Democracy in Africa Research Unit en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Mattes, R., & Richmond, S. (2014). <i>South Africa’s youth and political participation, 1994-2014</i> (CSSR Working Paper Series ; 338). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Democracy in Africa Research Unit. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7905 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Mattes, Robert, and Samantha Richmond <i>South Africa’s youth and political participation, 1994-2014.</i> CSSR Working Paper Series ; 338. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Democracy in Africa Research Unit, 2014. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7905 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Mattes R, Richmond S. South Africa’s youth and political participation, 1994-2014. 2014 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7905 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper AU - Mattes, Robert AU - Richmond, Samantha AB - South Africans hold – often simultaneously – contradictory beliefs about young people and politics. On one hand, driven largely by a romanticized memory of Soweto and the street battles of the 1980s, many people see the youth as the primary catalyst of activism and political change. On the other hand, driven by continuing media depictions of youth unemployment, township protests and the antics of the ANC Youth League, a wide range of commentators routinely experience “moral panics” about the apparent “crisis” of the youth and their corrosive effect on the country’s political culture. In this report, we review a wide range of longitudinal survey data spanning the first two decades of democracy and find that there are indeed a series of real problems with South Africa’s political culture, particularly in the area of citizenship. At the same time, these data clearly show that these problems are largely not peculiar to young people. Across a range of different indicators, we find consistently that there are no, or relatively minor, age profiles to most dimensions of South African political culture. DA - 2014-07-09 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Youth KW - Political activity LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2014 SM - 978-1-77011-325-1 T1 - South Africa’s youth and political participation, 1994-2014 TI - South Africa’s youth and political participation, 1994-2014 UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7905 ER - en_ZA


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