Research on the development of citizenship is enjoying a renaissance, fueled in part by those who argue that we face a civic crisis today in terms of young people's civic disengagement. Other commentators assert that civic participation has not declined but has simply changed in nature. For instance, youth voting is low but volunteerism is at an all-time high. This debate has sparked public interest and spurred new research. A multidisciplinary field by nature, this special issue of applied developmental science consists of three sections. Section one addresses the concept and definition of citizenship. Section two explores the relationship between communities and their young people. It examines the contributors to youth's entry into citizenship as adults while drawing connections between research and practice. A final section examines four understudied populations: disadvantaged urban youth, ethnic minority youth, immigrant youth, and sexual minority youth. A final chapter by the editors draws out implications for research, education, and programs.
Volume 6, Number 4, 2002
Contents: L. Sherrod, C. Flanagan, J. Youniss, Editors' Introduction. Section I:Dimensions of Citizenship. R.L. Dudley, A.R. Gitelson, Political Literacy, Civic Education, and Civic Engagement: A Return to Political Socialization? T. Walker, Service as a Pathway to Political Participation: What the Research Tells Us. M.W. Andolina, K. Jenkins, S. Keeter, C. Zukin, Searching for the Meaning of Youth Civic Engagement: Notes From the Field. J.B. Hyman, Exploring Social Capital and Civic Engagement to Create a Framework for Community Building. Section II:Contributors to the Development of Citizenship. J. Torney-Purta, The School's Role in Developing Civic Engagement: A Study of Adolescents in Twenty-Eight Countries. L. Camino, S. Zeldin, From Periphery to Center: Pathways for Youth Civic Engagement in the Day-to-Day Life of Communities. D. Stoneman, The Role of Youth Programming in the Development of Civic Engagement. Section III:Building Diversity Into Citizenship. D. Hart, R. Atkins, Civic Competence in Urban Youth. M. Sanchez-Jankowski, Minority Youth and Civic Engagement: The Impact of Group Relations. A. Stepick, C.D. Stepick, Becoming American, Constructing Ethnicity: Immigrant Youth and Civic Engagement. S.T. Russell, Queer in America: Citizenship for Sexual Minority Youth. Concluding Chapter. L.R. Sherrod, C. Flanagan, J. Youniss, The Dimensions of Citizenship and Opportunities for Youth Development: The What, Why, When, Where, and Who of Citizenship Development.