Exploring the development of a hybrid and synthetic meaning of citizenship at a British university law school

Von Berg, Piers (2019) Exploring the development of a hybrid and synthetic meaning of citizenship at a British university law school. Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning, 7 (2). ISSN 23107103

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This study uncovers a previously underappreciated role of the social experience of university in shaping undergraduates’ civic identities. A multidisciplinary theoretical approach to citizenship is used to understand an individual’s attempts to negotiate meaning along with a qualitative methodology that allowed students a voice in the data collection and analysis. The findings show that some of the most formative experiences in a student’s civic identity is their interaction with peers and friends in a diverse student community. There is also a strong influence of a culture of performativity and credentialism on students’ attitudes to learning about citizenship. Both combine in a ‘synthetic civic identity’ shaped by a mixed environment of more open-minded civic norms and an instrumental and individualist outlook towards studies. There were varying degrees of critical awareness or reflexivity around these processes. This hybrid form of civic identity stimulates and challenges current narratives of tension in higher education.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.14426/cristal.v7i2.196
1 December 2019Accepted
20 December 2019Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: citizenship, civic identity, higher education, students
Subjects: CAH16 - law > CAH16-01 - law > CAH16-01-01 - law
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 17:10
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 17:10
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14827

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