Theorizing young people's perceptions of their citizenship identity

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Leighton, R. and Nielsen, L. 2018. Theorizing young people's perceptions of their citizenship identity. in: Pineda-Alfonso, J. (ed.) Handbook of Research on Education for Participation Citizenship and Global Prosperity Pennsylvania, USA IGI Global.
AuthorsLeighton, R. and Nielsen, L.
EditorsPineda-Alfonso, J.
Abstract

The paradigm of social justice gives voice to those without the resources to deal with responsibilities imposed by a neoliberal agenda.

The authors focus on pupils in Sweden and England, countries which have moved from a sense of communality to the growth of neoliberal societal individualism. To clarify real citizenship (rather than formal) they apply the concepts of intersectionality and of human capabilities in place of rights, which means that people adhere to numerous simultaneous collectivities and having the capability to do something requires more than an entitlement to it. While everyone might have the right to an education and to a dignified life, many live in powerlessness and in political, social and economic exclusion. Sufficient human capabilities are required in order to receive the education necessary for citizenship in its real meaning, and the intersectional approach enables interrogation of factors which coalesce, rather than viewing in them in isolation.

KeywordsCapabilities; collectivities; England; formal citizenship; intersectionality; T.H. Marshall; K. Marx; neoliberalism; M. Nussbaum; real citizenship; A. Sen; social justice; Sweden; N. Yuval Davis
Year2018
Book titleHandbook of Research on Education for Participation Citizenship and Global Prosperity
PublisherIGI Global
Output statusPublished
Place of publicationPennsylvania, USA
ISBN9781522571100
Publication dates
PrintNov 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited22 Aug 2018
Accepted15 Aug 2018
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