Teenagers' Citizenship

Experiences and Education

By Susie Weller

© 2007 – Routledge

198 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415404648
pub: 2007-03-29
Hardback: 9780415404631
pub: 2007-03-29

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About the Book

The introduction of compulsory citizenship education into the national curriculum has generated a plethora of new interests in the politics of childhood and youth. Citizenship for Teenagers explores teenagers’ acts of and engagement with citizenship in their local communities and examines the role of citizenship education in creating future responsible citizens.

The first half of the book provides the context for teenagers’ experiences of citizenship, discussing issues around the ideas of childhood and citizenship, as well as the curriculum. The second half goes on to explore teenagers’ experiences of citizenship education, practising citizenship and exclusion from citizenship. The book concludes with a call for a new cumulative approach to citizenship which upgrades the status of teenagers, particularly within the classroom.

Susie Weller’s important book will throw new light on how teenagers engage with citizenship education and take on civic responsibility. It is an interesting and useful read for all those involved with education and youth policy as well as those studying for a PGCE or researching in citizenship education.

Table of Contents

1. Being a Child 2. Can Children be Citizens? 3. Actively Learning Citizenship 4. Frustrating Practices: Children’s Exclusion from Participation 5. Practicing Citizenship in School 6. Constructing New Citizen Communities and Identities 7. Conclusion: New Understandings of Children’s Citizenship

About the Author

Susie Weller, a Research Fellow at London South Bank University, is currently working on the ‘Locality, School and Social Capital’ project in the Families and Social Capital ESRC Research Group. In June 2004 she completed her PhD which explored teenagers’ experiences of social exclusion and citizenship in rural communities. She has also worked on a project, commissioned by the DfES, which explored the impact of out of school childcare on children and their families.

About the Series

Relationships and Resources

A key contemporary political and intellectual issue is the link between the relationships that people have and the resources to which they have access.  When people share a sense of identity, hold similar values, trust each other and reciprocally do things for each other, this has an impact on the social, political and economic cohesion of the society in which they live.  So, are changes in contemporary society leading to deterioration in the link between relationships and resources, or new and innovative forms of linking, or merely the reproduction of enduring inequalities? Consideration of relationships and resources raises key theoretical and empirical issues around change and continuity over time as well as time use, the consequences of globalisation and individualisation for intimate and broader social relations, and location and space in terms of communities and neighbourhoods.  The books in this series are concerned with elaborating these issues and form a body of work that will contribute to academic and political debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration