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date: 25 February 2021

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Two cultural frames (the nation-state and groupways) as lenses for understanding adolescent civic development are explored. The authors argue that distinct cultural models of citizenship reflect different definitions of the prerogatives and obligations that bind people in a political community. These models change as groups challenge the status quo and as younger generations become part of the body politic. Through their collective, public actions in the mediating institutions of civil society, adolescents construct their civic identities and, in the process, contribute to social stability and social change. Adolescents’ civic consciousness is built up over time via groupways (their everyday actions and relationships of power as members of cultural groups).

Keywords: dynamic civic identities, civil society, mediating institutions, groupways, generational replacement, collective action, prerogatives and obligations

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