London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Responsibility as a personal, local and global phenomenon

Author(s) Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz, B.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
Responsibility is one of the crucial competences for social and personal development. It is widely discussed in current educational discourses (e.g. social participation vs. social alienation). Philosophers, educators and psychologists (Bauman, Kennedy, Kerr, Branden) name responsibility as an important factor in becoming a social being, a significant factor in the process of understanding oneself as a member of society and for developing active participation. That responsibility functions on different levels (local, social and global) in communities, though, provokes questions about the understanding of responsibility, as well as its range. Using the AGA (Association Group Analysis) research method, data from 252 students aged 10-14-17 from a big city and a smaller town were examined. Results showed that for young people responsibility is very much related to the affective dimension, a relationship that decreases with age, while subjective references to responsibility become more important. The range of responsibility is wider than the personal sphere. It is related to close relationships (family, friends), but also, to a lesser extent, to the macro-perspective. Nevertheless, personal perspective becomes more related to responsibility with age. Keywords: responsibility, citizenship, personal perspective, social perspective, global perspective

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