Youth as peace-multipliers: the cases of Germany and Turkey

Şenel, Gülece (2009) Youth as peace-multipliers: the cases of Germany and Turkey. [Thesis]

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'Youth' refers more than a specific biological stage in human life: young people are political actors and vehicles of social change. Membership in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is one way young people work for social change. Through their civic engagement, young people endeavor to multiply peace: i.e. spread values of tolerance, respect, human rights, democracy, and social justice in their societies. This study was designed to explore why young people become activists (entry motives) and what roles they attribute themselves as peace-multipliers in reinforcing sustainable-peace processes in their societies. Specifically, the cases of Germany and Turkey were investigated and three youth NGOs per country were visited. A total of 12 in-depth interviews were conducted with young activists selected via snowball technique. Content analysis was employed as the basic methodology for the data analysis. The findings demonstrate that young activists' self-reported entry motives include personal development, interest in politics, formative experiences, willingness to change and improve themselves and their societies (progress), vefa (loyalty; which stands for sense of social responsibility), experiences of injustice, speaking on others' behalf, personal satisfaction they get through seeing the outcome of their work, being attracted by the flexible working atmosphere (organizational culture) in the organizations and the opportunity to meet people from other cultures (cultural dimension). The roles youth activists ascribe themselves in sustainable peace processes are empowering and becoming a role-model for other young people, building dialogue among different segments of society, participating in NGOs themselves and getting people involved in civil society (associatio
Item Type: Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Youth. -- Youth participation. -- Civic engagement. -- Peace-multiplier. -- Youth work. -- In-depth interview. -- Gençlik. -- Gençlik katılımı. -- Sivil topluma katılım. -- Barış çoğaltıcısı. -- Gençlik çalışmaları. -- Derinlemesine görüşme.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001-1281 Social psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Conflict Analysis And Resolution
Depositing User: IC-Cataloging
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2011 14:53
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 09:55

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