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Teenage Citizens

The Political Theories of the Young

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$52.00 • £41.95 • €47.00

ISBN 9780674048621

Publication Date: 02/11/2013


320 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

4 halftones, 1 line illustration, 8 graphs


Teenage Citizens is an important contribution to what has traditionally been called political socialization—the study of how the beliefs and values of a polity are passed to the next generation… The book is exceptionally clear and well written and accessible.—J.D. Moon, Choice

In these politically unsettled times, when economic opportunities for youth appear to be shrinking everywhere, understanding how young people view the world of politics and civic engagement is critical. Flanagan’s expertise in both developmental science and political theory makes this book a unique contribution to our understanding of these important issues.—Stephen F. Hamilton, Cornell University

Teenage Citizens is the most ambitious and original contribution to political socialization in years. In its rich depictions of adolescents from several decades, countries, and socioeconomic backgrounds, it is an important contribution to political science, psychology, and policy.—Peter Levine, Tufts University

Teenage Citizens is a tour de force. Taking a broad international view, it explores how ideas germane to citizenship such as democracy, loyalty, trust, and politics are learned. What does it mean to youths to be citizens of their country, and how do their views depend on their circumstances? Flanagan does what every successful scholar should do: she summarizes her life’s work, explains the contribution of each study, and shows how the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.—Lonnie Sherrod, Fordham University

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