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ERIC Number: EJ1085148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Social Citizenship Formation at University: A South African Case Study
Walker, Melanie; Loots, Sonja
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v46 n1 p48-68 2016
The paper considers citizenship formation at universities, drawing on the example of a student leadership project at the University of the Free State, a formerly White South African university, in a higher education context and society where racialised difference continues to influence peer relationships. The paper proposes a multi-dimensional conceptualisation of social citizenship, as described by T.H. Marshall, enriched by the capabilities approach, which adds specific citizenship dimensions of deliberation, acknowledgment of heterogeneity, and agency goals and activities as core elements of being able to be and to do as citizens. This is operationalised by investigating the student development intervention, based on biographical interview data from 50 of the 71 students who participated in the first iteration of the programme. The data is analysed for the three capability dimensions and for student criticisms of the programme, before an overall judgment is made of the programme's contribution to democratic values and citizenship formation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa