Social Identifiers: Making Meaning of Intersectionality

The contextualization of the social and political conditions is associated with demographic factors such as ethnicity, religion, race, education level, geographic location, gender, and more. These social identifiers are important to describe the research subjects but do not demonstrate the meanings that are created in the interaction with events and different contexts. Social identifiers serve in understanding the different intersectionality and intergenerationality between youth agency and how they become part of social and political interactions. The social identifiers are indicated because youth agency is formed by multiple social identifiers that shape the interactions and relationships with events and social issues. Therefore, the contex- tualization of any study should not only be based on the characteristics of the issues but should also be related to the participants’ identifiers. For example, experiences differ between men and women, Muslims and Christians, and so on. However, gender or religion alone is not sufficient to explain the multiple identities of youth agency. This chapter discusses the multiple social identifiers that shape youth political socialization, which is seen in the intersectionality of the cultural/political environment and class (as a social identifier), in addition to gender and geographic location.

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