Becoming a citizen: Analysing the social representations of citizenship in youth



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Benedicto, Jorge and Morán Calvo-Sotelo, María Luz (2007) Becoming a citizen: Analysing the social representations of citizenship in youth. European Societies, 9 . pp. 601-622. ISSN 1461-6696

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Although citizenship and youth have traditionally seemed to be two terms with very little in common, recent years have shown an enormous interest in analysing their relationships. On one hand, exploring how the new generations become citizens is a key issue for understanding the characteristics of the civic life of a society. On the other, the concept of citizenship has revealed itself as a potent conceptual and analytic instrument for explaining youth transitions. In order to acquire a deeper comprehension of these relationships, we believe it necessary to advance in their empirical study, to acknowledge their multidimensional character, and to defend a dynamic perspective of citizenship. This paper approaches the study of citizenship from its cultural dimension and proposes an analytical framework for the empirical study of the discourses and representations of what being a citizen means to young Europeans. Our analytical framework is structured along two axes: the dimension of belonging and the dimension of involvement.

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A preliminary version of this article was discussed at the Research Network Youth and Generation during the 5th Conference of the European Sociological Association that took place in Helsinki in August 2001. We would like to thank Emilio Luque for his constant collaboration in improving the text and Claire Wallace for her comments on the first draft.We also wish to thank the two journal's anonymous referees for their detailed comments. This research has been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology (PB 98-0005) and by the Autonomus Community of Madrid (06/0010/2003).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Citizenship; Youth; Social representations
Subjects:Social sciences > Sociology > Social research
ID Code:43865
Deposited On:11 Jul 2017 08:16
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