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Title: Political participation amongst students : a socio-psychological study in Athens and Edinburgh
Author: Anagnostopoulou, Vassiliki
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1979
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The purpose of this thesis has been to examine the relationship of certain demographic and personality variables to political activity amongst University students in Athens and Edinburgh. Political activity has been conceptualised and measured as a multi-dimensional phenomenon. Three factors emerged and were used cross-culturally for its analysis: "political interest", "political commitment', and "political protest". The demographic variables examined in relation to political activity were the following: gender, age, father's occupation, type of study, residential background, and club membership (only for the British sample). The personality variables examined were locus of control, values, politico-economic ideology, authoritarianism, self-evaluation, parental-and family-evaluation, self-parents similarity, interests, and perception of political participation. For the measurement of the independent variables mostly standard instruments were used, although some new ones were also cunstructed as well, i.e. for the measurement of political activity, interests, and political perception. The standard instruments used were: the Internality-Externality Scale by Rotter, the "Value Survey" by Rokeach, the Radicalism-Conservatism Scale by Nettler and Huffman, the F-Scale, and the Semantic Differential Technique. Two statistical analyses of the data were performed. A regression analysis for the examination of different degrees of political activity, along the three dimensions of activism; and a Discriminant Analysis for the examination of the differences amongst the three types of political activity. Some cultural similarities as well as differences emerged in the way in which the independent variables related to different types and degrees of political activity. However, most of these relationships were in the direction suggested by the already existing literature on student activism, and the socio-historico-political context of the two cultures and their national characteristics.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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