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What do we mean by active citizenship?

ByHA˚KAN JOHANSSON AND BJØRN HVINDEN

In public discourse, civic engagement, political activism, community selfhelp, volunteering and neighbourhood associations are examples of ‘activecitizenship’. Nonetheless, despite these positive connotations, active citizenship is an essentially contested concept. This chapter, therefore, contextualizes active citizenship within more general approaches to citizenship.