We are a group of young people from Inner London.
We are here to represent the other ten members of the group.
We are carrying out a peer group research project on how young people
(aged 11-19) understand politics and express their political agency.
We will present our findings, which were obtained from the focus groups
we carried out, on how young people define and understand politics,
and where they express their views towards politics.
Our research aim is to understand how young people comprehend
‘politics’ and express this political agency by asking the questions:
How do you define politics?
What aspects of politics, if any, interest you?
We have analysed our findings on the research considering different
points of views from teenagers that have different ethnicity, backgrounds,
ages and genders.
These findings show how they intend their political voices to be heard.
In the focus group our main focus were in East London. In the focus groups
we had young people aged (13-19).
We managed to do 5 focus groups. From theses focus groups we recorded
and got everyone's consent with their parents consent as well.
We will do the surveys next. This is part of our research plan and its another
method we are using.
1. Speaking & being heard are very different
Participants felt that speaking and being heard
were different thing
Participants felt they had the chance to speak
however they were not being heard
Young people want to get involved in politics, if
young people stated that they did not know much about Politics
During the focus group they showed knowledge on politics.
Some who participated in the focus group said: “Don’t really
know much about politics, its boring, not particularly interesting’ then went
on to say ‘I’m a black young person and I’m like, I live in Hackney, and I like
the Labour party, but I do think that certain types of groups and compositions
that benefit from certain
parties more. I feel like upper class people benefit more from the
Conservatives, lower class people benefit more from Labour, hence the
name Labour, so yeah’
'For some young people, there was a more
passionate interest in the politics of 'homelands'.
They are interested in politics of their homeland
Half of participants were interested in the politics
of their homeland, while others were interested in
the politics of here
Our blog can also be visited for more information on the research project. The blog also
consists of contact details for further questions or queries:
The research group was initially organised.
The research questions were selected by the members of the research
It was made sure that the meetings ran smoothly and everything was
Focus groups were organised and moderated by the group members.