It was not long ago that students were dismissed as apathetic. Yet, today, a new generation of young political actors is making waves in New Zealand and around the world. What explains this apparent shift and what is driving these new forms of youth�ful political engagement and expression?
Exploring the terrain between activism and apathy, Sylvia Nissen considers what it means to be a political actor from the perspective of students today. Drawing on in�-depth interviews with New Zealand tertiary students, she traces their �desires� for different types of politics, the �demands� they experience at university, and the �doubts� that underscore their political engagement.