9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN30 Youth and Generation

2009-09-04 13:30:00 2009-09-04 15:00:00 Friday, 4 September 13:30 - 15:00 Political Culture and Participation Building II, Auditório B2.03

Youth and Their Political Tendencies in Turkey

In this study, I searched whether there is any relationship between youth unemployment on the one hand and political tendencies on the other. Questions forwarded in other similar studies are used in this study. For this aim, 3 questions were asked for understanding unemployed youth's political action, attitudes and views. The first question is about participation in political actions. The second question is "what kind of society do you think we should be working for?" Seven different types of societies were listed and respondents marked on a three-point scale how strongly they agreed or disagreed.The third question is "where would you put your own political opinion?". Holding political views and political participation is very rare especially among those living with the support of their families. Although the rate of unemployment and youth unemployment in particular is high, this is seen merely as one of the problems related to the economy and addressed within the confines of pure economic considerations. Where unemployment as a problem is conceived merely as a matter of economic development isolated from its political and social dimensions, the likelihood of political marginalisation is scant. Instead of political orientations, unemployment in the context of poverty is associated more with delinquency (theft, etc.) in the case of males and prostitution in the case of females. In other words, there is no "worry" about extreme political tendencies. One of the main assertions of this study is that almost full dependence of the unemployed to their families brings along passive attitudes: seeing their paths to full citizenship closed, unemployed young people find comfort in remaining as members of their families. It is a dependency that limits the political consciousness and orientation of young people.