Understanding paths and options for youth citizenship and social justice

Erica L Odera, John Davis, Mark Brennan, Pat Dolan

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Youth-focused researchers and practitioners need conceptual models to consider paths for youth citizenship and social justice which are attenuated to the context, social support, visibility, and structure of engagement opportunities. This article will expand upon the initial conceptual model created by Brennan et al. in this special issue by examining how it can be useful for both research and practice. Specifically, this model can help researchers and practitioners to: (1) remain aware of contextual factors affecting youth engagement; (2) understand how different forms of youth engagement fit within the model; and (3) consider strategies and research to encourage more radical forms of youth engagement. The paper will provide support for the conceptual validity of the model by examining theories which align with it and contextual factors to consider during its application. The paper will then apply the model to differentiate between two forms of youth engagement and conclude with a summary of areas for future research and application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-234
Number of pages11
JournalEducation, Citizenship and Social Justice
Issue number3
Early online date23 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2022


  • civic
  • conceptual model
  • radical
  • youth
  • youth engagement


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