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The image of youth citizenship
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
Luleå tekniska universitet.
2010 (English)In: Abstracts: Active citizenship, NERA's 38th Congress, Malmö, 11-13 March, 2010, 263-264 p.Conference paper, Meeting abstract (Other academic)
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Citizenship is a central theme in the government's involvement in leisure. Youth citizenship and leisure have much in common as authorities have seen leisure as a way to foster young people to decent citizens. This paper is about aspects of citizenship as well as of representative and participatory democracy. Method used is textual analyses of ten Swedish local councils expressed aims for leisure and youth citizenship formulated on their homepages. Based on research one can notice that local councils offer different types of citizenship. Facilities for creativity are offered which give the youths opportunity to participate as individuals. Established assemblies are seen which work within a formal democratic frame but in which those participating only represents them selves. Organized chat pages on the internet and possibilities to search for funds for individual projects are as well often seen. Finally organized meeting places such as youth clubs with a representative forum based on collective interests are frequently established. One conclusion that can be drawn from research is a picture of young peoples executing their democratic rights as a collective body by official democratic means and through formalized channels. On the other hand, another conclusion that also can be drawn from the research is a picture seen on local council's homepages of young peoples seeing their political activities and commitments in highly personal terms.

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2010. 263-264 p.
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Social sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-34700Local ID: 8f8c2f30-326c-11df-8e4b-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1007951
NERA Congress 2010 : 11/03/2010 - 13/03/2010
Godkänd; 2010; 20100318 (lisl)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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