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Title: We citizens : Citizenship, representation, recontextualisation and the voice of New Zealand pre-first-time voters
Author: Manson, Heugh Cecil Drummond
ISNI:       0000 0001 3618 4196
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis is concerned to investigate New Zealand secondary school students' views about citizenship and the factors that have formed their views. It is set against a background in which' there is widespread concern about the political apathy of modern youth, not only in New Zealand but in other countries e.g., Britain and France. Methodologically, the study is focussed on two distinct aspects of the concept of representation: representation of political voice and representation of the voice of evidence. It is centred around the human voice in both senses, i.e., the degree to which it is heard to be representing a political point of view, and ways in which evidence provided by the voice itself in its numerous contexts may be understood. To this end, the voice, the voices of those who provide the evidence discussed take a central position throughout. They are available to be heard as well as read about, not just as sound bites but in the continuity of long, sometimes reflective, conversations. The use made of these voices, both in what they say about the degree to which the -speakers have a sense of citizenship, and about the information contained in their manner of saying it, is an attempt to highlight the complementarity of both aspects of the evidence: the substance and the utterance, and the need for each to be considered alongside the other. Six young New Zealanders were interviewed in depth, two of these by students in the sample who were trained as interviewers as well as being interviewees. Methodologically, this apprOach seeks to be innovative in overcoming many of the prOblems that more standard forms of qualitative and quantitative inquiry have encountered. It was found that while these students typically eschewed the formal parliamentary politics of representation, they were concerned with many issues relating to globalization and their local impact. The influences for their views came from the home and school and especially, the nature of authority structures in both.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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