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Contemporary grammars of political action among ethnic minority young activists

O'Toole, Therese and Gale, Richard T. 2010. Contemporary grammars of political action among ethnic minority young activists. Ethnic and Racial Studies 33 (1) , pp. 126-143. 10.1080/01419870903118122

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Despite public and media attention to ethnic minority young people's political engagement in recent times, often expressed in crisis narratives about disengagement, disaffection or extremism, there has been little consideration of the range, or distinctive forms, of political action among ethnic minority young people. The purpose of this article is to address this by presenting qualitative research on political activism among ethnic minority young people in Birmingham and Bradford. We find evidence for ‘new grammars of action’ and highly ‘glocal’ (as distinct from transnational and diasporic) political orientations among the activists with whom we worked, as well as the significance of religious (as distinct from ethnic) identities in informing some activists’ political engagements. We conclude that, while there is evidence for changing political subjectivities, there is a need to take account of the interplay between old and new grammars of political action.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political participation ; Activism ; Social movements ; Youth ; Globalism ; Religious identities
Additional Information: Special Issue: Migrant Politics and Mobilization: Exclusion, Engagements, Incorporation
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0141-9870
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:07

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