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Productions of space : civic participation of young people at university

Ryan, Mary E. (2010) Productions of space : civic participation of young people at university. British Educational Research Journal, 37(6), pp. 1015-1031.

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Abstract

Civic participation of young people around the world is routinely described in deficit terms, as they are labelled apathetic, devoid of political knowledge, disengaged from the community and self-absorbed (Andolina, 2002; Weller, 2006). This paper argues that the connectivity of time, space and social values (Lefebvre, 1991; Soja, 1996) are integral to understanding the performances of young people as civic subjects. Today’s youth negotiate unstable social, economic and environmental conditions, new technologies and new forms of community. Loyalty, citizenship and notions of belonging take on new meanings in these changing global conditions. Using the socio-spatial theories of Lefebvre and Foucault, and the tools of critical discourse analysis, this paper argues that the chronotope, or time/space relationship of universities, produces student citizens who, in resistance to a complex global society, create a cocooned space which focuses on moral and spiritual values that can be enacted on a personal level.

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ID Code: 37752
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: civic participation, youth, socio-spatial theory, critical discourse analysis, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/01411926.2010.517827
ISSN: 0141-1926
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2010 14:21
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2013 15:18

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