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Political engagement and opinions of youth in post-apartheid South Africa: a qualitative study

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dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-12T07:15:14Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-12T07:15:14Z
dc.date.issued 2021-07-12 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/16129
dc.description.abstract Since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994, a new generation of 'Born Frees' have been able to vote. With a worldwide decrease in formal political engagement and a rise in alternative forms of political participation among the youth, this qualitative study investigates political engagement among youth from the Pretoria area. Six focus groups were conducted from 2014 to 2018. The results indicate that post-apartheid youth are not a monolithic group. Some youth were enthusiastic and regarded voting as a rite of passage to adulthood. Voting was, furthermore, perceived as a valued right, an obligation due to those who struggled against apartheid, and a way to influence society. However, some black participants voiced apathy and/or disillusionment with the current (older) political leadership and parties. Not voting was perceived as a conscious act of political opposition. Conclusions are drawn about the implications for the South African democracy. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.subject VOTING en
dc.subject YOUTH en
dc.subject DEMOCRACY en
dc.title Political engagement and opinions of youth in post-apartheid South Africa: a qualitative study en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume April en
dc.BudgetYear 2021/22 en
dc.ResearchGroup Inclusive Economic Development en
dc.SourceTitle Politikon en
dc.ArchiveNumber 12054 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 11206 en
dc.bibliographictitle Bornman, E., Harvey, J., Janse van Vuuren, H., Kekana, B., Matuludi, M.F., Mdakane, B. & Ramphele, L. (2021) Political engagement and opinions of youth in post-apartheid South Africa: a qualitative study. <i>Politikon</i>. April:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2021 en
dc.contributor.author1 Bornman, E. en
dc.contributor.author2 Harvey, J. en
dc.contributor.author3 Janse van Vuuren, H. en
dc.contributor.author4 Kekana, B. en
dc.contributor.author5 Matuludi, M.F. en
dc.contributor.author6 Mdakane, B. en
dc.contributor.author7 Ramphele, L. en


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