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Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to PsychologyNew Syntheses in Theory, Research, and Policy$
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Lene Arnett Jensen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383430.001.0001

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Civil Societies as Cultural and Developmental Contexts for Civic Identity Formation

Civil Societies as Cultural and Developmental Contexts for Civic Identity Formation

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(p.113) Chapter 6 Civil Societies as Cultural and Developmental Contexts for Civic Identity Formation
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Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to Psychology
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Constance Flanagan

M. Loreto Martínez

Patricio Cumsille

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383430.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the mediating institutions of civil society in the social incorporation of younger citizens. Lay theories about the polity and the tenets of the social contract that bind states and citizens take shape via participation in the routine cultural practices of those institutions. Children's lay theories are refracted through groupways (the social class, caste, racial/ethnic, religious, and gender groups to which they belong). The practices of mediating institutions tend to reinforce dominant narratives and thus stabilize the political system. But civil society also provides free spaces in institutions where citizens can challenge the state and thus contribute to social change.

Keywords:   society, mediating institutions, social contract, lay theories, political stability, social change, social incorporation, groupways, free spaces

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