Leisure Activities and Youth Citizenship: What local councils tell about youths’ leisure from the perspective of citizenship on their homepages

Lindstrom, Lisbeth. (2009). Doctoral Thesis for Tryckt vid universitetstryckeriet, Luleå. 150 pp. ISSN: 1402-1544 ISBN 978-91-86233-77-8

Abstract: This thesis aims to describe, explore, and discuss the texts that local councils present on their homepages from the perspective of leisure and citizenship for youths. The questions that originate from this aim are the following:
  • What kind of citizenship will be represented through the local councils’ goal and steering documents for young people and their leisure time?
  • What kind of citizenship will be represented through the way the local councils organize, manage and support the leisure sector?
  • What kind of citizenship will be represented through the supply of leisure activities for young people that are presented on the local councils’ homepages?
Individual young people can experience democracy and develop their citizenship through leisure activities offered by local councils. However, the aims and intentions expressed in documents on the local councils’ homepages must be fulfilled, they must be systematically evaluated and guarantees provided in order to ensure quality control. Staff must be educated, and it is necessary to have educated youth leaders, who work to meet the aims of a participatory democracy and to gain social capital through leisure.

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