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Challenging the third sectorGlobal prospects for active citizenship$
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Sue Kenny, Marilyn Taylor, Jenny Onyx, and Marjorie Mayo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316916

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316916.001.0001

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Active citizenship as activism

Active citizenship as activism

political engagement through the third sector

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(p.117) Eight Active citizenship as activism
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Challenging the third sector
Author(s):

Sue Kenny

Marilyn Taylor

Jenny Onyx

Marjorie Mayo

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447316916.003.0008

From classical Greece onwards, civil society has had potentially key roles in building democratic awareness, knowledge and skills. This chapter starts by exploring the differing ways in which the third sector has been contributing more specifically in recent times, promoting critical consciousness as well as providing the confidence, knowledge and skills required for effective participation and engagement in policy processes. This leads into the discussion of the sector’s role in supporting mobilisation and community organisation and development. Citizens have been linked into formal political processes and found ways of developing their own voices. But to do this they have had to take account of a series of challenges, including the challenges involved in maintaining their independent critical edge, avoiding factionalism and ensuring representative leadership.

Keywords:   third sector ‘schools for democracy’, critical consciousness, advocacy, participation, activism

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