This book presents the results of a collaborative research project through which our team completed a multisite ethnographic fieldwork in seven Quebec civil society organizations. We observed, analyzed and compared a diversity of innovative citizenship education practices aimed at young people in these “third places” of citizenship education, i.e. spaces of socialization different from school and family. Theoretically, the book offers an in-depth analysis of children’s and teenagers’ citizenship, as well as of educational discourses on democratic citizenship.
Focusing on the presentation of case studies, the book reveals the diversity of formative experiences offered to young Quebecers. The pooling of case analyses leads to a fruitful reflection on education for democratic citizenship through a plurality of citizen experimentation practices rooted in the defense of children’s rights, feminist social action, the community movement, alterglobalism and municipal and school public action.
With its original conceptual vocabulary and qualitative methodological approach, this book will help to push back the geolinguistic and disciplinary boundaries that often separate research currents closely or remotely related to the social and political engagement and participation of young people. Written in an accessible style, it is aimed at a wide audience, including youth organization staff, graduate students, the youth policy sector and anyone interested in the issues surrounding youth citizenship in the 21st century.
Sophie Théwissen-LeBlanc (Contributor) Sophie Théwissen-LeBlanc holds a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa. Her master’s thesis focused on citizenship education for adolescent girls and young women in a Montreal-area feminist organization, the results of which were published in the journal Recherches féministes. She has contributed to several research projects on youth, gender, media and citizenship as a research assistant or professional.
Brieg Capitaine (Contributor) Brieg Capitaine is Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), and is interested in the civil sphere and social movements. He coordinated the book Mouvements sociaux. Quand le sujet devient acteur (Éditions de la FMSH, 2016) and, with Geoffrey Pleyers, the special issue “Jeunes alteractivistes : d’autres manières de faire de la politique ?” in the journal Agora Débats/Jeunesses.
Hérold Constant (Contributor) Hérold Constant holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Ottawa. His thesis focuses on the relationship to work of immigrants of Haitian origin. He collaborated on the research partnership as a research assistant.
Alexandre Cournoyer (Contributor) Alexandre Cournoyer holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Ottawa. His thesis focuses on the social and political participation of young adults. He collaborated on the research partnership as a research assistant.
Emilie Drapeau (Contributor) Emilie Drapeau is a PhD student at the University of Ottawa’s School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies. Her research focuses on conjugal commitment, which she situates at the crossroads of the sociologies of the family, the couple, youth, life courses and religion. She collaborated on the research partnership as research assistant and research coordinator.
Mariève Forest (Contributor) Mariève Forest is a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies and a researcher affiliated with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities (CIRCEM). She is also President and Senior Researcher at Sociopol, a company specializing in applied social research, consulting and collective support. As a researcher, she specializes in public decision-making, social policies related to official languages, social change and citizenship education.
Maxime Goulet-Langlois (Contributor) Maxime Goulet-Langlois is a researcher-practitioner with a passion for philosophical practices and popular education, currently completing a PhD in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. His research interests concern the professional development infrastructures by which third-sector practitioners inform their analyses of social problems. He is also a lecturer at HEC Montréal, where he teaches program evaluation.
François Marchand (Contributor) François Marchand has been a social worker since 2007 (Université du Québec en Outaouais), focusing on community action and organization. He became interested in public participation in Quebec’s sociosanitary institutions as part of a master’s degree in political science at the University of Ottawa (2015). He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in sociology, where he is studying children’s social participation (University of Ottawa).
Stéphanie Gaudet (Editor) Stéphanie Gaudet is Full Professor and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities (CIRCEM) at the University of Ottawa. She works on social and political participation, particularly that of young people, life courses and qualitative methodology. She leads a partnership research project (SSHRC) on citizenship education experiences in community and associative settings (educationetdemocratie.ca) and a research project on youth social and political engagement pathways (SSHRC).
Caroline Caron (Editor) Caroline Caron is Full Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. She specializes in gender relations in media and communication, as well as the study of youth media and forms of civic engagement practiced by adolescents through digital communication tools. Her recent research is among the pioneering work to document the civic uses of videoblogging among young YouTube users in the Canadian context.