Shared readings

The readings I’d like to share are some that I have used for writing my blog post on “Civic engagement – defined and redefined”, and some others I wanted to use but didn’t get to…

Readings from political science and education relevant to thinking about new forms of civic engagement:

Dalton, R.J. (2008).  The good citizen: How a younger generation is reshaping American politics.  Washington, DC: CQ Press.

Shea, D.M., & Green, J.C. (2007).  The turned-off generation: Fact and fiction.  In D.M. Shea and J.C. Green (Eds.), Fountain of youth: Strategies and tactics for mobilizing America’s young voters (pp. 1-18).  Plymouth, UK: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Colby, A. (2008).  The place of political learning in college.  Association of American colleges and universities, Spring / summer, 4-12.

Owen, D. (2008, September).  Political socialization in the twenty-first century: Recommendations for researchers. Paper presented at the Future of Civic Education in the 21st Century conference, Montpelier, VT.  Electronic copy retrieved from

On the “scissor effect” : the claim that volunteering comes in place of political participation: Longo, N. (2004). The new student politics: Listening to the political voice of students. The Journal of Public Affairs 7(1), 1-14.

Data about young people’s volunteering and political engagement:

Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA (2009).  The American Freshman: National norms for 2008.  Los Angeles, CA. Available:

Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, see

The MacArthur Series on Civic Engagement – a key source for many of the issues we’re discussing, with a foreword by Henry Jenkins, Mimi Ito and others.

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