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Key Findings in Youth Political Participation

BY Jennifer Earl

I recently participated in a closing event for an exciting European project examining youth participation in politics, with a special focus on inequalities. My involvement in that project as an External Advisor built on prior participation in a MacArthur Foundation funded research network, Youth and Participatory Politics. At the closing event, I was asked to assemble a list of a handful of findings from research on youth political engagement that I considered important. I decided to share those notes here. In the interest of getting this posted quickly, I have not (yet) embedded citations for the points below, but if you want citations to any specific point, feel free to reach out and as people do, I will amend the post by adding citations.

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New Resource on Social Movement Outcomes

I am pleased to announce the launch of a website containing a bibliographic database on social movement outcomes. The site was created and is maintained by the Youth Activism Project, which is a part of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. It features a searchable database on research on social movement outcomes where books, chapters, and articles on social movement outcomes are classified by the broad type of outcome (e.g., political, biographical), the specific type of outcome (e.g. legislation passed), mechanisms discussed (e.g., disruptive tactics; mobilization levels), time period, location, and data used. The homepage for the database also showcases helpful review articles.

The database can be downloaded in whole or searched live on the site. It currently features 160 citations plus 12 review articles.

We hope that other scholars will consider adding content to the database, making it a living resource. To suggest additions, just follow the classification system embedded in the dataset and send a row of data representing a single citation to Becka Alper (multiple citations can be sent in the same worksheet, just make sure it’s one citation per row). We hope that through the efforts of our colleagues, this database can grow and become an enduring resource for scholars and activists interested in social movement outcomes.

Please feel free to forward this announcement, post about it, and tweet about it. The more people who use the database, and the more people who contribute new entries to it, the better!


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For any Stata folks out there…

I wanted to let people know about a set of Stata resources that a graduate class of mine and I are putting together online: I am teaching a graduate class on data management in Stata (so, no analytical stuff like a regular stats class, but rather how to program in Stata). The website linked above has the topics and readings from my syllabus and then student produced “resources” for the equivalent of each class day. These will continue to be posted across the semester so that someone could potentially use these materials to learn Stata programming where no course exists for them. Or, maybe you just want to brush up on a particular topic (e.g., regular expressions, post, loops) and want some help doing it. Or, maybe you wish your research assistant or students were better programmers and you encourage them to check this out. There are lots of ways to use these resources.

The resources a pretty awesome—my students have been doing an excellent job. There is a great YouTube video, some really great blog entries with examples, etc. If you are interested in brushing up on your Stata skills, check it out. If you wish this was about R, produce some materials and I will add them in. If you know about other cool links for a particular topic, send them my way and I will add them up!

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Please submit work on media and protest to the CITASA pre-ASA Symposium

I am writing to invite you to submit a paper to the ASA pre-conference symposium, [New] Media Cultures. I know there is a lot of great work out there looking at political communication, social movements in the media and/or new media, and using media-based data. All of that work would be appropriate for this workshop and I hope you will consider submitting.

CITASA Symposium-page-001For a downloadable version of this flyer, go to: CITASA Symposium

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by | January 29, 2014 · 10:45 AM

Feb 1 deadline for Internet Data CFP

I wanted to let people know/remind folks of an upcoming submission deadline that might be of interest to people.

From 2006-2012, I had a NSF CAREER Award to collect data on online protest across 20 different issue areas. That effort produced two time-series datasets: a panel dataset tracking about 1,200 websites across 5 years, and a cross-sectional dataset tracking new samples of websites each year for five years. Each of these datasets is really two nested sets: one on the overall websites and one on all protest actions that were hosted or linked to from study websites. Continue reading

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Learning Something New in the Desert this January

I think one of the truly great things about being academic is that we are always learning. But, one thing that has surprised me about this is how inefficient learning new areas and tools can be once you are out of graduate school. With the exception of a few well-known, but often pricey, statistical workshops, and an occasional ASA preconference workshops, there are not a lot of structured courses for faculty to take to efficiently learn new areas or tools.

Arizona Sociology has been working to change that. We have hosted the Arizona Methods Workshop for the past three years, and will hold the Fourth Annual Arizona Methods Workshop from Jan 9-11, 2014. We hold it in early January before most folks are back in classes to make it convenient and also to make Tucson an attractive refuge for folks from colder climates. I took two of the seminars last year (one on R and one on theoretical simulations) and both were excellent and really efficient ways to learn new material.

I am writing to invite you to consider registering and attending this year. Continue reading

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Be 1 of the Final 34 People to Help CITASA Cross the 400 Member Mark!

As Chair of the Communication and Information Technologies section of the ASA (CITASA), I am happy to announce that we are within 34 new members of earning an additional ASA session in 2014. I am blogging in hopes that some Mobilizing Ideas folks, who realize the technology is increasingly important to activism, will take this as opportunity to get involved in the section.

If you are already an ASA member, which you are if you went to the this year’s ASAs in NYC, the cost of joining the section is nominal and you can do it easily by visiting your member profile at: But, we need you to act today—we only have until September 29th to generate new memberships to earn this additional session. September 30 is the final census date for the section and our tally day will determine if we stay at 3 sessions for the 2014 ASAs or move up to 4! (BTW, as Chair of the section, I have committed that if we earn that additional session by enlarging our membership, I will dedicate it to Media Sociology, so if you are interested in media sociology, this is an easy way to increase meeting time devoted to the topic next year). Continue reading

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