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Youth political participation in an emerging democracy: A case study of political participation among Tanzanian youths in urban Mwanza
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is based on a case study of Tanzanian youths’ political participation in urban Mwanza. The purpose of this study is to examine how urban youths understand their participation in various political activities in an emerging democracy like Tanzania. The research question guiding the study is how youths understand and value voting in elections in comparison to other forms of political participation. The study focuses on three different political activities; to vote, to contact a politician and to participate in a demonstration. The three political activities are combined with Verba et al.’s (1995) theory of the attributes of political activities into a theoretical analysis model. The thesis uses a qualitative methodology based on 19 semi-structured interviews with Tanzanian youths living in urban Mwanza. The results indicated that the youths in Mwanza understood voting as their prime opportunity to communicate their political voices to politicians. However, the youths expressed that political activities beyond voting facilitate them with opportunities to communicate more specific political messages to politicians multiple times. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Youth, political participation, Tanzania, emerging democracies, voting, contacting politicians, demonstrations
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46052OAI: diva2:851284
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Social Sciences Programme, specialization Global Studies, 180 credits
2015-08-26, K2042, Lückligs plats 3 (hus K), 35256 Växjö, Sverige, Växjö Universitetsplatsen 1, Växjö, 11:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-09-09 Created: 2015-09-03 Last updated: 2015-09-09Bibliographically approved

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