A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen

By Cliff Zukin; Scott Keeter et al. | Go to book overview
Contents
1Introduction3
The Civic-Political Divide5
Generational Replacement and the Changing Nature of Citizen Engagement10
Plan of the Book12
The Cast of Characters13
2Coming of Age in a Post-Boomer World17
Growing Up After the Boom: Key Events and Trends22
Xer Life at Home and in School: Turmoil and Risks24
Xers’ Political Socialization: Government Ineptitude and Scandal26
Economic Realities: No Safety Net31
The New Media Environment: Non-News Options33
After the Boom: The Xer Bust34
A Generation of Slackers?35
Raising DotNets: Time, Attention, and Money36
Politics and Government: Mixed Messages40
Millennials Rising or GenX Redux?44
Youth Generations: Refraction and Reflection48
3Engagement in Public Life49
The Multifaceted Nature of Public Engagement50
Political versus Civic Engagement51

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xiii
  • 1 - Introduction 3
  • 2 - Coming of Age in a Post-Boomer World 17
  • 3 - Engagement in Public Life 49
  • 4 - Through the Looking Glass- Attitudes toward Public Engagement through a Prism of Cohorts 89
  • 5 - Generational Pathways to Participation 121
  • 6 - Where Do Young People Stand Politically? 155
  • 7 - Civic Engagement, Political Engagement, and Generational Change 185
  • Appendix 211
  • Notes 225
  • Bibliography 235
  • Index 245
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