Millennial engagement myth-busting: Active disengagement and the future of digital politics

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    Abstract

    This chapter explores millennials 18-24 years old, but acknowledges that answers might be different for younger and older millennials. It presents the findings from five focus groups that identify how millennial political and civic practices best fit active disengagement and challenge the long-established binary of engagement and disengagement. The chapter describes findings for those studying political communication, media studies, and engagement. The term ‘active disengagement’ is borrowed from the field of counselling and is used as a measure of how engaged a client is in the therapy or counselling process. Scholarship identifies that engagement and disengagement have served as problematic labels for group behaviours. The framework of active disengagement expanded within the project develops from the works of scholars to include findings from a series of five focus groups centred on millennial engagement in politics and civics. An important area of engagement research rests in the reflection on the environment cultivated and shaped through the media.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationMillennials and Media Ecology
    Subtitle of host publicationCulture, Pedagogy, and Politics
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Pages127-147
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Electronic)9780429521454
    ISBN (Print)9780367200251
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Social Sciences(all)

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