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National and Regional Citizenship Identities: A Study of Post-Communist Youth

Author(s) Tereshchenko, A.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
This study explores how young people construct their citizenship identities and how schools and particular geographical spaces and places shape youths’ sense of belonging and forms of civic identification. The main empirical data comes from a sample of high-school students in two contrasting border regions of Ukraine where identities are influenced from outside, are more fluid and often at stake. I attempt to observe the interrelationship between the identity constructs promoted by the official state educational discourse, interplay of regional and local forces, and those produced by the high school students evidenced in writing, group discussions and individually. I argue that school context does not allow for the development of student activism and agency.

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