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Psykhe (Santiago)

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MARTINEZ, M. Loreto; SILVA, Carmen  y  HERNANDEZ, Ana C. What Type of Citizenship Do Youth Believe in? Beliefs, Aspirations, and Motivations for Sociopolitical Participation. Psykhe [online]. 2010, vol.19, n.2, pp. 25-37. ISSN 0718-2228.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22282010000200004.

In current global age youth have drifted apart from traditional forms of exercising political rights (e.g., voting) and have engaged in new forms of social and political participation. The beliefs and aspirations of such forms of citizenship and the motivations underlying new forms of participation have not been the focus of research. This study explores the beliefs and aspirations of citizenship in a sample of 24 Chilean youth, males and females of diverse socioeconomic condition. Participants had a history of participation in political, ethno-political, and ecological organizations. A qualitative methodology with in-depth semi-structured individual interviews and focus groups was used. Findings indicate that youth's central motivation is to change the lack of validation of people within the current sociopolitical system, due to vulnerability of rights, social disparities, and lack of voice and power of citizens. Participants endorse a notion of citizenship that values citizens' responsibility to be informed and to deliberate. Values of fraternity, dignity, and equity underlie youth's beliefs and aspirations of citizenship.

Palabras clave : citizenship; youth; beliefs; social participation.

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