Playing with citizenship
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This chapter reflects on the pleasures young people derive from their engagement with popular culture. It recognises that young people often seek out popular culture for the purpose of play, rather than political engagement. Yet it cautions against the idea that play can never lead to connections with issues of public affairs. This chapter argues that the association of rational and serious debate with citizen engagement marginalises those forms of popular culture and behavioural modes that young people enjoy. It leads to a narrow understanding of the political where there is no place for young people.

From entertainment to citizenship

Politics and popular culture


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