Contested Engagements: Youth and the Politics of Citizenship

Lynn A. Staeheli, Kafui Attoh, Don Mitchell

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In this paper, a framework is presented for exploring how youth perform their citizenship through political engagements. The framework provides a way to explore the agency of youthful citizens as imagined by different agents and the ways that youth understand their performances as citizenship. Using interviews with university students and administrators at six universities in Manchester and Glasgow, a distinction is highlighted between agency and the performance of political acts in the production of citizenship, and the implications of this distinction for the development of autonomous citizens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-105
Number of pages18
JournalSpace and Polity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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