Participation of immigrant and non-immigrant youth in the City of Calgary
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AbstractToday, participation at all levels of society or community among Canadians appears elusive. More people appear to be disengaged in community affairs, and governments are concerned by lack of participation. Specifically, participation of youth in cities has become a concern since the well being of societies is dependent upon the civic engagement of its youth. In this context, I explore participation among immigrant and non-immigrant youth in the city of Calgary in order to understand the levels and patterns of participation among them. Mixing quantitative and qualitative paradigms, two sets of data are used in this study: a survey questionnaire administered to (N=811) high school students and follow-up interviews with (N=I5) participants. Emerging patterns from both data sets are interpreted from a critical perspective. The quantitative findings suggest that youth's level of participation in social and community activities is low. The qualitative data on the other hand suggest that youth's level of participation is not necessarily low. Instead, the level of participation varies tremendously.
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