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Discouraging citizenship? Young people's reactions to news media coverage of anti-Iraq war protesting in the UK

Cushion, Stephen 2009. Discouraging citizenship? Young people's reactions to news media coverage of anti-Iraq war protesting in the UK. Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research 17 (2) , pp. 123-143. 10.1177/110330880901700202

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Abstract

Drawing on a survey completed by 699 young people in the UK at the beginning of the 2003 war in Iraq, this article explores young people's reactions to how young anti-war protestors were represented in news media. The survey taps into young people's opinions at a key democratic moment when many school children — to the surprise of many politicians and journalists — took to the streets to demonstrate their opposition to UK foreign policy making. The findings suggest that news coverage of the anti-war protests discouraged some young people from participating in the political public sphere. Many respondents also provided suggestions as to how news media could renew a sense of political efficacy amongst young people in ways that might encourage a greater connection between their political beliefs and key democratic structures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: young people; citizenship; news media; war coverage; politics
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1103-3088
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2013 09:24
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/5521

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