Young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, most of whom have little education, are often judged to be far removed from politics, disinterested and lacking in commitment. This is one of the reasons why this target group is increasingly the focus of civic education. The 2012 set of essays offers a theoretical and practical insight into working with target groups that are “politically uninvolved” and “educationally disadvantaged”.
The main part of the volume is a study on the topics of importance to and political interests of young people with little or no educational background. Dr. Marc Calmbach and Dr. Silke Borgstedt from SINUS-Institut show that many topics in civic education can be accessible to “educationally disadvantaged” young people as long as the subject matter relates to their lifeworlds. Political interest and potential lie dormant in this group – even if often “invisible”.