Active Citizenship

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The term “active citizenship” means a society where citizens contribute to organising the society by continous and responsible acting. This may happen both individually (commitment for society) and collectively in the context of citizens´ groups, institutionalized civil society, or in the educational sector (learning by commitment). Active citizenship may happen in different spheres of the local, regional, or international levels and makes participation possible.

See also



  • Crick, Bernard R./ Lockyer, Andrew (Ed.) (2010): Active Citizenship: What It Could Achieve and How. Edinburgh University Press.Drexler, Kateri M./ Garcelon, Gwen (2004) : Strategies for Active Citizenship. New Jersey: Prentica Hall.
  • Davidson, Charles (2009): Active Citizenship. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Jarvis, Peter (2008): Democracy, Lifelong Learning and the Learning Society: A Critical Assessment of Policies and Ethics in Lifelong Education: Active Citizenship in a Late Modern Age. London/ NY: Routledge Chapman & Hall.
  • Kilburger, Craig/Kielburger, Marc (2002): Take Action! A Guide to Active Citizenship. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.
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