Diverse routes to civic participation across ages and cultures: An introduction

Authors: 
Parissa Jahromi Ballard, Maria K. Pavlova, Rainer K. Silbereisen, & William Damon
Publication Year: 
2015, Published online 02 Apr
Publication name or Publisher: 
Research in Human Development, 12(1-2), 1-9. DOI: 10.1080/15427609.2015.1010341

Civic participation is both a cornerstone of civil societies and a part of positive and productive individual development. Much is known about individual predictors of civic participation among ethnic majority Western adolescent and young adult samples. In this special issue, we aim to uncover the predictors of civic participation in less studied populations in order to better understand diverse routes to civic participation across ages and cultures. Framed by life-span and ecological perspectives, this special issue draws together studies that target different age groups, from adolescents to the old-old, as well as minority and immigrant populations and residents of diverse countries, including the US, Australia, Eastern and Western European countries, and Turkey.