Rethinking Youth Political Socialization

  title={Rethinking Youth Political Socialization},
  author={Hava Rachel Gordon and Jessie Taft},
  journal={Youth \& Society},
  pages={1499 - 1527}
This article draws from the experiences and narratives of teenage activists throughout the Americas in order to add a needed dimension, that of peer political socialization, to the larger political and civic socialization literature. The authors argue that although the existing literature emphasizes the roles and responsibilities of adults in shaping young people’s civic capacities, the roles that young people play in socializing each other for political engagement is underexplored. Based on… 
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Service Learning and Political Socialization*
  • D. Owen
  • Political Science
    PS: Political Science & Politics
  • 2000
Social scientists' initial forays into the field of political socialization were directly linked to goals of creating good citizens beginning in childhood (Merriam 1931, 1934; Sears 1990; Wallas