MYPLACE: Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement

MYPLACE explores how young people’s social participation is shaped by the shadows (past, present and future) of totalitarianism and populism in Europe. Conceptually, it goes beyond the comparison of discrete national ‘political cultures’ or reified classifications of political heritage (‘postcommunist’/’liberal democratic’); it is premised rather on the pan-European  nature of a range of radical and populist political and philosophical traditions and the cyclical rather than novel nature of the popularity they currently enjoy. Empirically, MYPLACE employs a combination of survey, interview and ethnographic research instruments to provide new, pan-European data that not only measure levels of participation but capture the meanings young people attach to it. Analytically, through its specific focus on ‘youth’ and the historical and cultural contextualization of young people’s social participation, MYPLACE replaces the routine, and often abstract, iteration of the reasons for young people’s ‘disengagement’ from politics with an empirically rich mapping of young people’s understandings of the civic and political space that they inhabit. In policy terms, MYPLACE identifies the obstacles to, and facilitators of, young people’s reclamation of the European political arena as a place for them.

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Project Funding
Comissão Europeia
External Partners
CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology
University of Warwick
Manchester Metropolitan University
Tallinn University
University of SS Cyril and Methodius
University of Bremen
Friedrich Schiller Universität
University of Eastern Finland
University of Southern Denmark
Research Centre 'Region', Ul'ianovsk State University
Daugavpils University
Caucasus Research Resource Centers
Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences
Pompeu Fabra University
University of Debrecen
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
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