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      Young Europeans' constructions of a Europe of human rights

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      London Review of Education
      UCL IOE Press
      HUMAN RIGHTS, EUROPE, YOUNG PEOPLE, IDENTITIES
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            Abstract

            This article argues that many young people (11 to 19) in Europe articulate a construction of their identity that includes a European element. This articulation is often initially made in instrumental terms, but through deliberative discussion can move to become more idealistic. The data is drawn from over 300 small discussion groups across 29 European countries, and it suggests that the 'specific risks' to European values described by the Council of Europe in 2011 are not held by the younger generation. Contemporary and local political events were used in discussion to construct ideas of Europe as representing, for them, a relatively unique phenomenon of a group of countries who they felt shared similar conceptions of human rights, and who sought to enforce them. These included the acceptance of diversity (in terms of sexuality, gender and ethnicity), of freedom of expression within particular limits, of the obligations of countries to organize social services, and of participation in democratic processes. Discussion groups were held over the 2010 to 2016 period. The methodology adopted was particularly non-directive, and each discussion moved according to the interests of the group, so no quantitative analysis of this phenomenon is possible; but the overall impression is of a generation of young people who largely express support for rights-based societies, and reject intolerance, nationalism and authoritarian behaviours. The methodology used may have potential pedagogic implications.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            UCL IOE Press
            1474-8460
            01 March 2020
            : 18
            : 1
            : 81-95
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            1474-8460(20200301)18:1L.81;1- s6.phd /ioep/clre/2020/00000018/00000001/art00006
            10.18546/LRE.18.1.06
            b4ef0d26-1c0f-49cf-9c97-e5fb6e0dfa1c
            Copyright @ 2020
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            Articles: Europe and Education

            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            IDENTITIES,YOUNG PEOPLE,EUROPE,HUMAN RIGHTS

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