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    Framing the good citizen

    Schaefer, Anja (2010) Framing the good citizen. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 12 (4). pp. 523-538. ISSN 1369-1481

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    This article interrogates the norms of good citizenship invoked in and across different social domains, using the example of citizenship education in the UK as one field in which good citizenship is constituted. It is possible to make visible the political struggle inherent in the mechanisms of framing the good citizen by unpacking the differences between citizenship as acts, status and virtues. This is a necessary step in assessing good citizenship claims in the absence of moral and political absolutes. We deploy a two-tiered account of Butler's theory of performativity to examine how ordinary citizenship acts are preceded by elite rhetorical framing. We conclude that citizenship, like democracy, is always enacted in particular contexts in which positioning, method and motives play an important part.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: citizenship norms; performativity; context; virtues;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 9245
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    Depositing User: Anja Schaefer
    Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 17:27
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Politics and International Relations
    Publisher: Sage Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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