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Aimee Harragan

Thesis working title - ‘Political Engagement among Young People in Manchester’.

PhD research

This research is an attempt to approach the conundrum of youth and politics in a different way.

It aims to challenge conventional understandings of ‘the political’ and ‘political engagement’ by exploring young people’s involvement in activities across the community. By conducting observational work and interviews with young people involved in formal political groups, non-formal groups such as social action groups and finally community groups, an insight into what politics means in practice for young people will be achieved.

The focus is on the link between politics, youth and place; how their engagement and interaction within these groups, occurring in the context of their everyday lives, impacts upon their understanding and meaning of the political more broadly.


Research interests

Youth, Participation, Engagement, ‘Political’ and Collective Action


  • 2012-2013 MSc Sociological Research – University of Manchester
  • 2009-2012 BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy – University of Liverpool