Young people’s motivation for civic engagement in Ghana.
|dc.identifier.citation||Adu-Gyamfi J (2014) Young people’s motivation for civic engagement in Ghana. In: Roscoe C (ed) Ghana: social, economic and political issues. New York: Nova publishers.||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||It is argued that “individuals do not automatically become free and responsible citizens but must be educated for citizenship” (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, 2003, cited in Leisha, 2012:55). Hence adults’ promotion of young people’s civic engagement is intended to educate young people to become active citizens. This assumes a deficit, or lack of caring by young people about issues in their country or community. However, young people’s sense of belonging and motivations to participate in civic activities are different from that of adults. This paper discusses research with young people involved in two participatory initiatives in Ghana, to examine their motivations for engaging in the projects. The study found that in addition to demonstrating that they are active citizens by engaging in the projects, the young people were also motivated by other self-interest reasons. There was however a marked gender difference in their reasons for participating in the projects. It was observed that the motivations given by the young people reflected gender stereotype of masculinity and femininity. The paper concludes that by understanding what motivates young people to engage in civic activities and other decision-making forums, participatory opportunities that emphasise young people’s interests and motivations could be created in order to sustain their participation.||en_US|
|dc.rights||© 2014 Nova Science Publishers. Reproduced with permission from the publisher.||en|
|dc.subject||Civic engagement; Ghana; Young people; Motivation; Participation||en_US|
|dc.title||Young people’s motivation for civic engagement in Ghana.||en_US|