Young people and active citizenship: an investigation

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Show simple item record Wood, Jason, 1978- 2010-01-22T11:54:14Z 2010-01-22T11:54:14Z 2009
dc.description.abstract The past decade has been witness to a growing concern with the political, moral and social capacity of young people to demonstrate ‘active citizenship’. Alongside the introduction of citizenship education in schools there has been evidence of increased political and public anxiety about how young people integrate within their local communities. All of this has taken place in the context of broader social policy debates about how individuals demonstrate social responsibility in late modern, advanced liberal democracies. This study investigated how young people define and experience active citizenship in their everyday, real world settings. It comprised workshops and focus groups with 93 young people aged 14-16 living in the East Midlands. Using an adaptive theory design, the investigation utilised definitions generated by young people to build an applied theory of active citizenship. Young people in this study defined active citizenship in terms of membership and status, social responsibility and to a lesser extent, political literacy. Through a process of deliberation, they determined six concepts to be most important in thinking about active citizenship. These were ‘rights’; ‘responsibilities’; ‘care for others’; ‘control’; ‘making decisions’, and ‘respect’. These concepts were explored in relation to the everyday experiences of young people. Young people experience active citizenship differently within and between each context of their lives (proximate, community and institutional levels) showing high degrees of related skills and awareness. Whilst communities and institutions offer some opportunities for young people to test and develop citizenship identities, they also present significant barriers. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher De Montfort University en
dc.subject active citizenship en
dc.subject citizenship education en
dc.subject youth en
dc.subject youth work en
dc.subject young people en
dc.subject governmentality en
dc.subject social policy en
dc.subject youth policy en
dc.title Young people and active citizenship: an investigation en
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en
dc.researchgroup Participation & Social Justice
dc.publisher.department Faculty of Health and Life Sciences en
dc.publisher.department Youth and Community Division en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en

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