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Title: Political socialization of youth in post-soviet states
Author(s): Afanasyeva, Tatiana G.
Advisor(s): Leff, Carol S.
Department / Program: Russian,E European,Eurasn Ctr
Discipline: Russian, E Eur, Eurasian St
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.A.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): Post-Soviet Youth Youth in Transition Political Socialization of Youth Youth Policies
Abstract: Abstract The field of political socialization has been generally identified as a useful tool in the study of American political behavior. However, growing number of researchers urge for the expansion of the field due to its high potential for addressing vital issues in the study of comparative and international politics. Utilizing post-Soviet Azerbaijan, Russia, and Ukraine as theoretical model, this study discusses the expediency of political socialization framework in identifying nation-building techniques. Examination and comparison of youth political socialization policies in Azerbaijan, Russia, and Ukraine revealed the unsuccessful attempts of the first post-Soviet government to create politically involved youth to be employed for generating political support. The study further exhibited the shift of the current administrations to create patriotically conscious, rather than politically active, youth to be used for generating and maintaining political approval for the existing regimes.
Issue Date: 2011-05-25
Rights Information: Copyright 2011 Tatiana G. Afanasyeva
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-25
Date Deposited: 2011-05

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