Civic involvement across the life course: moving beyond age-based assumptions.

@article{Hirshorn2013CivicIA,
  title={Civic involvement across the life course: moving beyond age-based assumptions.},
  author={Barbara A Hirshorn and Richard A. Settersten},
  journal={Advances in life course research},
  year={2013},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={199-211}
}
This paper critically examines factors which, over time and context, are linked to civic involvement for individuals, age groups, and cohorts. We begin by critiquing current age- and cohort-related civic involvement canons and norms by extracting and evaluating rationales for why such activity in two particular periods of life-early adulthood and old age-is assumed to be good for individuals and for society. Then, employing elements of a life course perspective, we consider an alternative… CONTINUE READING