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Schools, Democratic Socialization and Political Participation: Political Activity and Passivity among Swedish Youths

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Author(s): Joakim Ekman

Journal: Nordidactica : Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education
ISSN 2000-9879

Volume: 2013;
Issue: 2013:1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: POLITICAL PARTICIPATION | CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | CIVIC EDUCATION | POLITICAL PASSIVITY | SCHOOL SOCIALIZATION

ABSTRACT
The present text is based on a key note lecture (‘Civic Education, Democracy and Political Participation’) delivered at the symposium Globalization of School Subjects – Challenges for Civics, History, Geography and Religious Education, Karlstad University, 13–14 December, 2012. Drawing on recent developments in research on political participation and civic engagement, the text starts out with a discussion about different ways of understanding political passivity. Subsequently, the text turns to a brief analysis of ways in which schools may provide young people with political skills and competencies needed in a democratic society. Three dimensions of political citizenship are highlighted: political efficacy, political literacy, and political participation; and the analysis focuses on the impact of a number of different school-related factors on these three ‘citizenship competencies’.
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