Chapter 6: Why and how South Asian youth are involved in politics: a systematic review of literature
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South Asia, a subregion of Asia, represents geographical territory, cultural peculiarities, and the root of some of the oldest civilizations of the world. It has various regional, economic, and political bodies including the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) consisting of eight member states. These states experienced strong social and political youth activism. In this regard, the study systematically reviews 29 selected journal articles published from 2000 to 2022 following a scientific screening process to address two major questions: How do South Asian youths involve themselves in politics? What are the reasons behind their engagement in youth activism? The study explores a considerable shift in youth activism promoting generative politics, involvement in local issues, passion for social and national concerns through social media, public awareness programmes, rule of law and self-agency. The study contributes to visualizing a vivid picture of youth activism in South Asia of the twenty-first century.

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