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From entertainment to citizenshipPolitics and popular culture$
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John Street, Sanna Inthorn, and Martin Scott

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085383

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085383.001.0001

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Playing with citizenship

Playing with citizenship

(p.120) 9 Playing with citizenship
From entertainment to citizenship

John Street

Sanna Inthorn

Martin Scott

Manchester University Press

This chapter reflects on the pleasures young people derive from their engagement with popular culture. It recognises that young people often seek out popular culture for the purpose of play, rather than political engagement. Yet it cautions against the idea that play can never lead to connections with issues of public affairs. This chapter argues that the association of rational and serious debate with citizen engagement marginalises those forms of popular culture and behavioural modes that young people enjoy. It leads to a narrow understanding of the political where there is no place for young people.

Keywords:   Play, Pleasure, Disengagement, Seriousness

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