chapter  1
Introduction: Youth citizenship and the politics of belonging: introducing contexts, voices, imaginaries
ByMadeleine Arnot, Sharlene Swartz
Pages 10

Over the past 10 years, citizenship has come in for a lot of attention in the academic sphere. Those in political studies, development studies and comparative education have been particularly interested in investigating and understanding its importance and role in nation building, in building social cohesion and democratic citizenship. Contemporary occurrences, such as the recent Arab Spring (Zakaria 2011) and UK riots in 2011 (The Guardian 2011), also encourage us to consider young people’s contemporary social movements, activism, their sense of belonging and their new understandings of citizenship.