Learning Civic Identity Outside of the Classroom: Diversity and Campus Associational Life

J. Cherie Strachan, Chris T. Owens

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Abstract

Cultivating an inclusive definition of citizenship is increasingly important to the maintenance of America's multicultural democracy. Yet, current college-level civic education and diversity interventions are incapable of fully addressing this problem. Hence, this comprehensive review of the literature on diversity and higher education suggests that political scientists-who are most likely to understand the pressing nature of this concern, as well as the role well-designed associational life might play in resolving it-address students' civic needs by renewing our interest in the on-campus equivalent of civil society. The article concludes with a recommendation for more empirical work to assess which specific features and activities of campus groups provide the most beneficial impact on students' civic identities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-482
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Political Science Education
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • associational life
  • campus life
  • citizenship
  • civic education
  • civil society
  • diversity
  • higher education
  • social capital

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