Crafting Citizenship: Negotiating Tensions in Modern Society by Menno Hurenkamp;Evelien Tonkens;Jan Willem Duyvendak

By Menno Hurenkamp;Evelien Tonkens;Jan Willem Duyvendak

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Under the heading ‘citizen or customer’ we identified articles addressing mandatory voting in elections, the internet as an alternative arena for decision-making, corruption among politicians, the art or necessity of debating. Articles that only mentioned 26 Crafting Citizenship the word citizenship in passing – for example, those that focused on foreign independence movements or the nationality of athletes and celebrities – were excluded from the analysis. 2) does not directly confirm the suspicion that in 1995 public debate on citizenship was more or less the same thing as in academia.

Those people are paid to supervise children and ‘the essence of public responsibility’, wrote Jacobs, ‘is that you do it without being hired’. At some point during the past 30 years, Britain lost touch with those ideas’ (Independent, 27 March 1995). Nicholas Tate, chief executive of the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority, agreed: Identifying the deeper social purposes of the curriculum helps to ensure that education for citizenship is an integral part of everything a school does. This insight is, of course, not new.

Among citizens in 2008–2009, only 61 percent had confidence in the church and 34 percent in the municipality (Citizenship Survey Empowered Communities 2008–2009: 39). The Dutch have greater trust in other institutions such as businesses, unions, newspapers, and the media than politics (SCP 2009b: 36). But while the Dutch have more faith in their politicians and government, they are less politically active: 37 percent were in some way politically active in the preceding five-year period, while 47 percent of UK citizens had involved themselves in politics only in the preceding year (Citizenship Survey Empowered Communities 2008–2009: 12; CBS 2011: 137–139).

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