It was not long ago that students were dismissed as apathetic. Yet, today, a new generation of young political actors is making waves in New Zealand and around the world. What explains this apparent shift and what is driving these new forms of youthful political engagement and expression?
Exploring the terrain between activism and apathy, Sylvia Nissen considers what it means to be a political actor from the perspective of students today. Drawing on in-depth interviews with New Zealand tertiary students, she traces their ‘desires’ for different types of politics, the ‘demands’ they experience at university, and the ‘doubts’ that underscore their political engagement.
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'‘Most students don’t share my views’: Why is talking about politics so difficult?', The Big Q, 23 September 2019 [book extract].
'Crushing student debt putting kids off getting political - author', Finn Hogan, Newshub Nation, 14 September 2019 (includes video, 6'54'').
'Young people care about politics, but don't trust politicians', Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, RNZ, 12 September 2019 (audio, 6'10'').
'Youth activism: the kids have more than idealism to offer', Stuff, 10 September 2019 (includes video, 2'37'').
'Young people sceptical about politicians', The Panel, RNZ, 9 September 2019 (audio, 7'32'').
'Students care about politics, they just don't trust politicians: study', Brittany Keogh, Stuff, 8 September 2019.