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Citizenship's tangled web: Associations, gaps and tensions in formulations of European youth active citizenship across disciplines
Media and Communications, London School of Economics, London, UK.
Media and Communications, London School of Economics, London, UK.
Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Center for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE), University of Porto, Porto, Portugal.
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2017 (English)In: European Journal of Developmental Psychology, ISSN 1740-5629, E-ISSN 1740-5610Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

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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Taylor & Francis, 2017.
Keyword [en]
European; youth; active citizenship; literature review; T-LAB 9; discourse analysis
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Political Science
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Political Science; Media and Communication Studies; Education; Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-59240DOI: 10.1080/17405629.2017.1367278OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-59240DiVA: diva2:1135242
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Catch-EyoU
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EU, Horizon 2020, N, 649538
Available from: 2017-08-22 Created: 2017-08-22 Last updated: 2017-09-04Bibliographically approved

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