Music preferences and civic activism of young people

Ambrose Leung, Cheryl Kier

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This study examines the relationship between music preferences and civic activism among 182 participants aged 14-24 years. Our analyses show that participants who regularly listened to certain music genres such as classical, opera, musicals, new age, easy listening, house, world music, heavy metal, punk, and ska were significantly more likely to be engaged in civic activism than those who preferred other music genres. Previous literature had shown that political expression was associated with certain music genres, but our analysis provides empirical evidence that music genres associated with political expression are related to actual participation in civic activities, not just ideology. Discussion revolved around the importance of clustering music genres and music as part of youths' lifestyles in the context of civic activism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-460
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug. 2008


  • Leisure
  • Music
  • Politics


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