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Young people, place and devolved politics: perceived scale(s) of political concerns among under 18s living in Wales

Pearce, Sioned ORCID: 2019. Young people, place and devolved politics: perceived scale(s) of political concerns among under 18s living in Wales. Social and Cultural Geography 20 (2) , pp. 157-177. 10.1080/14649365.2017.1355066

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Despite clear linkages between conceptualisations and perceptions of politics, society, culture and territorial rescaling, research into young people’s political engagement, participation and representation is underrepresented in the field of social and cultural geography. Here the gap is addressed using perceptions of devolved politics, as a form of territorial rescaling, among young people living in Wales. Specifically it shows the geographical scales at which young people locate their political concerns and where responsibility for these concerns is perceived to lie, with a focus on the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government. This is a key contribution to our understanding of the role devolution plays in youth political engagement in-light of the following: the relative infancy of the devolved UK institutions; their asymmetrical development and increasing divergences; the growing variation in turnout among young people for different types of election and referenda; and the lack of research examining the youth engagement dimension of Welsh devolution as a political, social and cultural process of territorial rescaling in the UK. The paper concludes with a critique of notion that devolution poses a politics of hope for youth political engagement in Wales, a very different picture to Scotland.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1464-9365
Funders: Higher Education Funding Council Wales
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 June 2017
Date of Acceptance: 7 June 2017
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2023 01:02

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