Young Generations' Activism in Italy: Comparing Political Engagement and Participation of Native Youths and Youths from a Migrant Background

Veronica Riniolo, Livia Elisa Ortensi

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Abstract

Focusing on individuals aged 14–35 still living with their family of origin, we compare the political activism of Italian natives with their first and second-generation migrant peers. We based our analysis on two different national household surveys, carried out by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) in 2011–2012: the survey ’Condizione e integrazione sociale dei cittadini stranieri’ [Condition and Social Integration of Foreign Citizens] and ’Aspetti della vita quotidiana’ [Multipurpose Survey on the Aspects of Everyday Life]. Our results revealed that natives are more likely to be involved in politics compared to their migrant peers. However, the migrant background is not a factor negatively affecting youth participation or involvement in politics in itself. The gap with native is fully explained by differences in socio-economic background and family political socialisation. When these aspects are controlled, data suggest that no differences exist in participation to most time-consuming acts (such as taking part in political meetings, demonstrations, participation in a political association, etc.). More of it, young people with migrant backgrounds are more likely to be engaged in activities that reflect a general interest in politics, such as discussing politics, seeking information on Italian politics, and listening to political debates, compared to their native counterparts.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-33
Numero di pagine33
RivistaSocial Indicators Research
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020

Keywords

  • Family political socialisation
  • Immigrant youths
  • Migrant background
  • Political activism
  • Second generations
  • Young generations

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