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The democratic common sense: Young Swedes' understanding of democracy – theoretical features and educational incentives
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1741-3222, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 197-222Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article highlights ordinary young citizens’ understanding of democracy. In a system based on rule of the people, it is surprising how little attention scholars have paid to common-sense views of democracy. The article is based on focusgroup interviews with young Swedes. Their views of democracy are analyzed in the context of democratic theory. The results show that there is massive support among the youths for the democratic idea, that they see elite democracy as as self-evident form of democracy and that they consider democracy to be a problematic good, emphasizing their doubts about human capacity, limited ruling opportunities and problems around inequality and risky principles. References to research on Swedish education show that the conceptualizations in several respects reflect how democracy and citizenship are framed in Swedish schools. It is suggested that the results of the study can influence both the form and contentof civic education.

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London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications, 2010. Vol. 18, no 2, p. 197-222
Keyword [en]
Democracy, democratic theory, citizens, youth, political socialization, civic education
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12497DOI: 10.1177/110330881001800205ISI: 000277536000005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77952336641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12497DiVA: diva2:371036
Available from: 2010-11-18 Created: 2010-11-18 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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