Schools, Democratic Socialization and Political Participation
Political Activity and Passivity among Swedish Youths
Nyckelord:POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, CIVIC EDUCATION, POLITICAL PASSIVITY, SCHOOL SOCIALIZATION
The present text is based on a key note lecture (‘Civic Education, Democracy and Political Participation’) delivered at the symposium Globalization of School Subjects – Challenges for Civics, History, Geography and Religious Education, Karlstad University, 13–14 December, 2012. Drawing on recent developments in research on political participation and civic engagement, the text starts out with a discussion about different ways of understanding political passivity. Subsequently, the text turns to a brief analysis of ways in which schools may provide young people with political skills and competencies needed in a democratic society. Three dimensions of political citizenship are highlighted: political efficacy, political literacy, and political participation; and the analysis focuses on the impact of a number of different school-related factors on these three ‘citizenship competencies’.