The Online Socialization of Citizenship Norms and Political Participation of Youth

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Jessica T. Feezell

University of New Mexico - Department of Political Science

Meredith Conroy

California State University San Bernardino

Mario Guerrero

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Date Written: July 10, 2013

Abstract

This paper explores how specific uses of the Internet influence voting behavior through the fostering of dutiful or engaged norms of citizenship. Research on the changing nature of citizenship norms suggests that younger generations are more prone to adopt engaged or actualizing norms of citizenship rather than dutiful norms commonly associated with voting. We utilize a repeated cross-sectional design to compare five nationally representative post-election surveys from 2002 to 2010. Our findings show that using the Internet for dutiful activities predicts higher rates of participation in dutiful activities, such as voting, but using the Internet for engaged activities does not; these findings are most prevalent among the 18-to-30-year-old age group.

Keywords: Citizenship norms, online, political socialization, voting behavior

Suggested Citation

Feezell, Jessica T. and Conroy, Meredith and Guerrero, Mario, The Online Socialization of Citizenship Norms and Political Participation of Youth (July 10, 2013). APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper, American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2301037

Jessica T. Feezell (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico - Department of Political Science ( email )

Albuquerque, NM
United States

Meredith Conroy

California State University San Bernardino ( email )

5500 University Parkway
Sa Bernardino, CA 92407
United States

Mario Guerrero

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona ( email )

3801 W. Temple Avenue
Building 94, Room 303
Pomona, CA 91768-4055
United States

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