Doing citizenship: the cultural origins of civic agency in the public sphere

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Abstract

This text makes the argument that to understand the communicative skills and other competencies associated with active citizenship in the public sphere, one must analyse cultural circumstances within everyday life. Citizens do not magically emerge, fully formed and ready to participate, at age 18; they - and their civic skills - are shaped by a variety of factors in the private sphere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-286
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Volume9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Bibliographical note

The work for this article was in part funded by the research school LearnIT, part of the Swedish Knowledge Foundation, within the project Young Citizens and New Media.

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Media and Communications

Keywords

  • civic agency
  • public sphere
  • private sphere
  • citizenship

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