Young People and Active Citizenship in Post-Soviet Times: A Challenge for Citizenship Education

1st Edition

Beata Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz, Anna M. Zalewska, Kerry J. Kennedy

Published March 21, 2019
Reference - 274 Pages - 58 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367272029 - CAT# K425298

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Situated within the context of "post-soviet times", this book explores young people’s citizenship activities and values in three distinct environments: post-soviet union countries, post-soviet union satellites, and countries that were independent of the soviet-union. Its purpose is to investigate the influence of these contexts on the ways young people see their citizenship in what are now emerging democracies.

The future of nations depends to a large extent on whether citizens will continue to support existing values and will engage in activities to support those values. Using a framework designed by Kennedy (2006) and further developed by Zalewska, Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz (2011) the study examined the citizenship values of 3794 students aged 11-14-18 from 11 European countries. The main themes of this book include

  • exploring similarities and differences in citizenship activities within countries and across countries;
  • advancing explanations for these similarities and differences;
  • highlighting the importance of contexts that influence citizenship activities and values; and
  • assessing the extent to which democratic values are reflected in young people’s citizenship activities.


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