Political discussions with family and friends: Exploring the impact of political distance

Klaus Levinsen, Carsten Yndigegn

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Young people's engagement in political discussions with parents and friends represents a significant component of the political socialization process and can be seen as an activity where they learn some very basic democratic skills. Based on data from qualitative interviews and a questionnaire survey, this article explores how young people experience political discussions in their everyday life. Our data indicate that young people who feel that their father, mother or friends, respectively, hold more distant political views are less likely to engage in political discussions with each of them. These findings support previous studies in political communication suggesting that people tend to avoid social situations where political disagreements are likely to appear. Furthermore, the results show that there are significant gender differences when analysing the role of the parents as political discussion partners.
TidsskriftThe Sociological Review
Udgave nummerS2
Sider (fra-til)72-91
StatusUdgivet - 2015

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