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From entertainment to citizenshipPolitics and popular culture$
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John Street, Sanna Inthorn, and Martin Scott

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085383

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085383.001.0001

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Citizenship and popular culture

Citizenship and popular culture

(p.24) 3 Citizenship and popular culture
From entertainment to citizenship

John Street

Sanna Inthorn

Martin Scott

Manchester University Press

This chapter argues that previous empirical work on citizen engagement and popular culture has been dominated by a narrow concept of the political. As a consequence, much of this research focused on factual genres and tended to ignore more subtle expressions of citizen engagement. This chapter makes the case for a wider concept of the political. It suggests that citizen engagement can be understood as an expression of one’s place in the world, which is informed by knowledge of and a relationship with sources of power and social groups, by feelings of affinity and a sense of values.

Keywords:   Citizen engagement, Politics, Identity, Knowledge, Sources of power, Collective interests, Affinity, Values

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