International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

8I: Political and civic engagement and participation amongst ethnic minority youth; motivations and

(Chair) Xenia Chryssochoou, Dept of Psychology, Panteion University; (Session Organizer) Dimitra Pachi, University of Surrey; (Discussant) Xenia Chryssochoou, Dept of Psy

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Research Area: Civic engagement and civic development

This symposium will address and challenge existing theoretical and empirical findings on civic and political participation amongst young people by exploring the perceived motivations and impediments to engagement and participation both within their ethnic/cultural communities and within the majority-host society.

In Pachi and Barrett’s paper, the role of perceptions of external efficacy, identification with the host country, the impact of social stereotypes of one’s ethnic/racial group, cultural traditions and self-attribution of responsibility are explored amongst British Bangladeshi and Congolese youth living in London.

In Stepick and Dutton-Stepick’s paper, the theory of Civic Social Capital is used as the theoretical framework to discuss immigrant youths’ levels of participation in comparison to native youths’ participation in Miami. Furthermore, the role and power of religious leaders within different religious denominations and congregations is discussed as a strong motivator/deterrent to young people’s political/civic participation.

In Lyons, Martens, Trew and Montgomery’s paper, different conceptions of the content of citizenship and the role of the state are found to guide Chinese and Polish young people’s decision to participate in Northern Irish society/polity. It appears that it is not apathy but lack of efficacy that influences civic and political participation.

Finally, in Sener and Ataman’s paper, patterns of participation, perceptions and attitudes to political and civic life, along with perceptions of trustworthiness and efficacy, are explored within the constitutional and legislative framework of Turkey which does not recognise ethnic or religious minorities. Roma and Bulgarian young people are studied alongside Turkish young people.