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ERIC Number: EJ784047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 39
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Constructing Citizenship: Comparing the Views of Students in Australia, Hong Kong, and the United States
Kennedy, Kerry J.; Hahn, Carole L.; Lee, Wing-on
Comparative Education Review, v52 n1 p53-91 Feb 2008
Young citizens growing up in different societies experience multiple socialization processes that help to shape their values and attitudes toward the political life of their societies. In this cross-national study, researchers asked students directly about their views of what "good" citizens do, how they saw themselves participating in their political communities in the future, and what their attitudes were to rights for different groups in the community. This article highlights the conceptions of citizenship that students, as young citizens, have in three societies--Australia, Hong Kong, and the United States. The authors are specifically interested in how students in these three societies, with distinctly different histories and cultures, viewed citizenship at a time when the global community was increasingly interconnected but in a context of strong nation-states. In particular, how young people in these three societies conceived the rights and responsibilities of a good citizen in contexts that were globally connected but politically separated. (Contains 8 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Hong Kong; United States