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Citizenship’s tangled web: associations, gaps and tensions in formulations of European youth active citizenship across disciplines

Banaji, Shakuntala ORCID: 0000-0002-9233-247X, Mejias, Sam ORCID: 0000-0003-3462-3815, Kouts, Ragne, Piedade, Filipe, Pavlopoulos, Vassilis, Tzankova, Iana, Mackova, Alena and Amnå, Erik (2017) Citizenship’s tangled web: associations, gaps and tensions in formulations of European youth active citizenship across disciplines. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 15 (3). pp. 250-269. ISSN 1740-5629

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17405629.2017.1367278


How does academic literature across various disciplines conceptualize and empirically address active citizenship? What are the potential benefits and dangers of dominant epistemological and ideological perspectives on ‘good citizenship’? Our paper engages with these questions by drawing on literature across 12 disciplines. We used textual analysis software TLAB to quantify and visualize co-occurrences, word associations and thematic clusters in the abstracts of 770 texts gathered by eight country teams and original in-depth qualitative analyses of ideological positions and discourses taken up in a selection of key texts across the corpus. Our paper elaborates the findings: that many of the key themes surrounding young people and citizenship in the literature share little or no connection with European citizenship; that there is a significant gap in the literature on young European citizens; and that studies connected to internal, status-based factors connected to citizenship are far more prevalent than those examining external, practice-based factors or dissidence and dissent. Our conclusions examine the potential normative implications of the disjuncture between dominant conceptions and critical accounts of youth active citizenship.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited © CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2017 15:37
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:34

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