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Understanding critical citizenship and other forms of public dissatisfaction: an alternative framework
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4294-2042
Södertörns högskola, Centrum för Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning (CBEES).
2012 (English)In: Politics, Culture and Socialization, ISSN 1866-3427, E-ISSN 2196-1417, Vol. 3, no 1-2, 179-196 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research has paid much attention to citizen dissatisfaction and the trends of growing political disaffection, cynicism, and scepticism – in short, the emergence of 'critical citizens'. Also, more recently, critical citizens have sometimes been viewed as an asset for democracy. However, despite both pessimistic and optimistic interpretations of public criticism, the issue of conceptualizing negative attitudes has received less attention. The present study was conducted to enrich understanding of this particular dimension of citizens' attitudes. To this end, the paper suggests an alternative theoretical framework for analysing various forms of negative political orientations. The framework has been tested empirically using three types of statistical procedures, which demonstrate its validity and usefulness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 3, no 1-2, 179-196 p.
Keyword [en]
Critical citizens, political dissatisfaction, political disaffection, negative political orientations, political attitudes, youths
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-27846OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-27846DiVA: diva2:609255
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PSP, Political Socialisation Program
Available from: 2013-03-04 Created: 2013-03-04 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Transcending dichotomies: The many faces of youth dissatisfaction in democracy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transcending dichotomies: The many faces of youth dissatisfaction in democracy
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the recent scholarly debates over changing citizenship attitudes and norms in advanced democracies, especially when it comes to rising levels of political dissatisfaction, opinion about the political role of young people is divided. For some scholars, they represent a driving force behind the development of new kinds of citizenship values, and constitute an asset to the functioning of political systems. For others, they pose a potential threat to the health of representative democracy, because of their increasing levels of dissatisfaction and civic disengagement. By contrast with these two competing approaches, this dissertation advances the argument that a more balanced view of young people’s political activities is called for. Adopting a quantitative approach, it aims therefore to contribute to better theoretical and empirical understanding of young people’s political dissatisfaction, and to explain their role in a democratic society. Considering different aspects of dissatisfaction, the current dissertation contributes to previous research in significant ways. Among others things, it adds to our knowledge by showing empirically that, in terms of political dissatisfaction, young people constitute a heterogeneous group, with different political roles and profiles, ranging from the healthy to the more threatening. Moreover, it contributes to previous research by highlighting the crucial role played by fair teachers in providing linkages between young citizens and the wider political system. All in all, the findings in the current dissertation have implications for the ongoing debate over the role and significance of young people in the functioning of democratic systems, and also for political socialization research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro university, 2014. 98 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Political Science, ISSN 1650-1632 ; 35
Keyword
political dissatisfaction, adolescents, critical citizens, procedural fairness, political attitudes
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34732 (URN)978-91-7529-022-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-06-05, Prismahuset, Hörsal 2, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2014-04-15 Created: 2014-04-15 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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