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"Att underkasta sig majoriteten": En kvalitativ studie om föreningslivets påverkan på demokratiska värderingar
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Many scholars have recognized civic society as a fundamental part to the functioning of democracy. This essay investigates how the civic society works as a school in wich citizens can assimilate democratic virtues. Most studies in this research area have focused on the civic society in more wider terms. Instead, this study mainly explores how sports associations, as a part of the civic society, affect their members’ trust in democracy. This is done through a case study with focus groups, where members from a sport association discuss three specific themes. The main point of the essay is to decribe how associations can create social capital and trust. To some extent, the essay also investigates how the structure of an association can affect its members views in aspects related to democracy.

 

The result shows that members of the sport association in question seem to be affected in democratic ways even though the main purpose of the membership is another. It seems as if membership in an association does not affect the democratic virtues to any particular extent. However, the aspect of being a team member is pointed out to influence the interviewees perception of majority decisions and to create trust in decision making more generally. Therefore, the result of this essay implies that there are some virtues that springs from being a part of a team, rather than being a member of an association.

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2019. , p. 34
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-374256OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-374256DiVA, id: diva2:1280456
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Political Science
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Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-18 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved

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