Citizen now

Engaging in politics and democracy

By Elizabeth C. Matto

Citizen now


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0568-4
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: July 2017
  • BIC Category: Educational: Citizenship & social education, Civics & citizenship, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Society & social sciences / Civil rights & citizenship, Politics, Politics & government, Political structure & processes


Citizen now offers a comprehensive description of the composition and behavior of young adults, an explanation and critique of the study of youth engagement, and a unique approach and methodology for appreciating how and why "citizen now" engages in politics and democracy. Citizen now considers youth political participation from the perspective of young adults themselves - specifically, young adults who've organized around an issue of great concern to Millennials, their economic well-being. The perfect text for undergraduates exploring the fundamentals of government, political behavior, and citizenship, this text's fresh take on the important subject of youth engagement offers both a path for future research and practical guidance on how to engage "citizen now" in politics and democracy.


1 America's emerging citizens: realities and perceptions
2 Connecting to politics: expectations and actions
3 What does it mean to be an "engaged citizen"?
4 Where we've been: where we need to go
5 Citizen now: organizing for action
6 Citizen now: responding politically
Appendix A: Top news events, 1983- 2012
Appendix B: Joint Resolution Proposing the 26th Amendment, January 21, 1971
Appendix C: 26th Amendment, July 5, 1971


Elizabeth C. Matto is an Assistant Research Professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and directs the Institute's Center for Youth Political Participation

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