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Another “Turning Point Myth” in the Political Battle over Gun Control?

Parkland is increasingly portrayed as the mass shooting that will finally change things, but are pro-gun supporters right to claim that it is but another headline that gun control advocates are allegedly peddling will bring stricter gun control laws? Continue reading


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Informing Activists: What are some considerations for youth in organizations?

Sarah Gaby

What are some considerations for youth in organizations?

Recommended Readings:


Braungart, Margaret M., and Richard G. Braungart. 1990. “The life-course development of left-and right-wing youth activist leaders from the 1960s.”Political Psychology 11(2):243-282.


Fisher, Dana R. 2012. “Youth political participation: Bridging activism and electoral politics.” Annual Review of Sociology 38:119-137.


Gordon, Hava R., and Jessica K. Taft. 2011. “Rethinking Youth Political Socialization Teenage Activists Talk Back.” Youth & society 43(4):1499-1527.

We would like to thank the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for their support of the Youth Activism Project through the Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network.

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Not Your Father’s Social Movements Studies

I recently joined the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Policies (YPP). You can learn more about it at ypp.dmlcentral.net, but in brief, it is an inter-disciplinary group of really interesting scholars and practitioners interested in studying and supporting youth civic and political engagement. Although I got attached to the network through my work on online protest, getting involved in this group has really made me think about the importance of studying youth engagement in the digital age. In short, I think it offers perhaps the best window we may get into what protest will look like in 30 or 40 years. I know this may be a controversial statement, so follow along with me for a second… Continue reading

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