London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Young people and changing identities/citizenship in Europe: Citizens 'R' Us?

Author(s) Dave Edye and Graham Copp  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2000  
Editor Alistair Ross, Curricula for Citizenship in Europe  
Language English  
Age group -  
Comments: Issues concerning citizenship have become increasingly prominent within several discourses in the United Kingdom. In civil society, for example organisations like Charter 88 have been promoting the idea of citizenship rights as part of demands for a new and comprehensive constitutional settlement within the United Kingdom. In the area of education, there have been several inquiries set up by Parliament, notable the Commission on Citizenship (1990), National Curriculum Council (1990) and The Advisory Group on Education for Citizenship (1998). Finally there have been extensive debates concerning the nature of citizenship at a European level. The first section of this paper considers some of the key issues in the contemporary debate about citizenship at local, national and supranational levels. The second section presents preliminary findings from a pilot study carried out among a group of thirty-five 16 ?18 year olds in London.

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