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ERIC Number: EJ865239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Good Citizen/Bad Activist: The Cultural Role of the State in Youth Activism
Kennelly, Jacqueline
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v31 n2-3 p127-149 2009
Cultural studies is positioned to address various dilemmas by asking, among other important and relevant questions: Who is responding to current urgent social issues, and how are these responders both regulated by and resisting the wider cultural forces within which they navigate? The purpose of this article is to offer some response to these questions, with a specific focus on young activists. Beginning with the assumption that a healthy democratic public sphere requires that urgent sociopolitical dilemmas be the subject of vigorous public contestation such as that provided by activist groups, this article considers how young activists in contemporary urban Canada respond to, engage with, and/or refute state claims and activities. It does so through two related, though separate, lenses: by examining the idea of the "good citizen" as it exists in contemporary secondary school curriculum and within the wider cultural sphere, and through the experiences and reflections of young activists themselves. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada