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Understanding civic engagement among young Roma and young Turkish people in Turkey

Ataman, A, Çok, F and Şener, T (2012) Understanding civic engagement among young Roma and young Turkish people in Turkey Human Affairs, 22 (3). pp. 419-433.


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Although a number of aspects of earlier experiences correlate with later civic engagement (Sherrod 2007), the role of different factors in driving the level of young people’s engagement is not clearly understood. This qualitative study set out to understand those factors in Turkey. Eight focus groups were conducted with 55 young Roma and Turkish people, with different groups being conducted according to participants’ ethnicity, gender and age (16–18 year olds vs. 20–26 year olds). Analysis revealed specific themes in terms of the political and civic engagement of different sub-groups. However, almost all participants expressed that they did not have enough information about their rights and obligations as citizens. They also identified the different barriers which they perceived as impeding their political involvement and participation. The research reported in this document was supported by a grant received from the European Commission 7th Framework Programme, FP7-SSH-2007-1, Grant Agreement no: 225282, Processes Influencing Democratic Ownership and Participation (PIDOP), which was awarded to the University of Surrey (UK), University of Liège (Belgium), Masaryk University (Czech Republic), University of Jena (Germany), University of Bologna (Italy), University of Porto (Portugal), Örebro University (Sweden), Ankara University (Turkey) and Queen’s University Belfast (UK). For further information about the PIDOP project, please visit the project website:

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date : 1 July 2012
Identification Number : 10.2478/s13374-012-0034-z
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Ataman, A., Çok, F., & Şener, T. (2012). Understanding civic engagement among young Roma and young Turkish people. Human Affairs, 22(3), 419-433. "The original publication is available at".
Depositing User : Dr Marcela Acuna-Rivera
Date Deposited : 05 Jun 2013 12:44
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 20:09

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