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Youth civic and political participation through the lens of gender: The Italian case

Albanesi, C, Zani, B and Cicognani, E (2012) Youth civic and political participation through the lens of gender: The Italian case Human Affairs, 22 (3). pp. 360-374.


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Italy is one of the European countries with the highest levels of gender inequalities (World Economic Forum 2011). The aims of this paper were to understand to what extent the well-documented gender gap in Italian adult society has an impact on both political and civic actions of younger generations, and whether the process of participation assumes specific features according to gender. 835 Italian participants (49.6% males; 50.4% female, aged from 16 to 26 years old; 20% under voting age) completed a self-administered questionnaire. Analyses confirmed general trends (voting at elections is the most frequently performed political action among Italian youth) and showed the existence of a small gender gap (a major orientation of young women toward civic action, while young men are more engaged in manifest political participation). The results confirmed that family cultural capital and normative support are significant predictors of political participation, in particular for girls and young women. 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
Authors : Albanesi, C, Zani, B and Cicognani, E
Date : July 2012
DOI : 10.2478/s13374-012-0030-3
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Albanesi, C., Zani, B., & Cicognani, E. (2012). Youth civic and political participation through the lens of gender: The Italian case. Human Affairs 22(3), 360-374. "The original publication is available at"
Depositing User : Marcela Acuna-Rivera
Date Deposited : 05 Jun 2013 13:25
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2019 05:12

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