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‘Living Rights’, rights claims, performative citizenship and young people – the right to vote in the Scottish independence referendum

  This paper examines the rights claims-making that young people
engaged in during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum
when the right to vote was extended to 16- and 17-year-olds for
the first time in the UK. Understanding citizenship and rights
claims-making as performative, we draw on the novel idea of
‘living rights’ to explore how young people ‘shape what these
rights are – and become – in the social world’. They are coexistent
and situated within the everyday lives of young people,
and transcend the traditional idea that rights are merely those that
are enshrined in domestic and/or international law. We explore the
complex and contested nature of rights claims that were made by
young people as ‘active citizens’ in the lead up to the referendum
to illustrate how the rights claims-making by young people is
bound up with the performativity of citizenship that entails identity
construction, political subjectivity (that challenges adultcentric
approaches) and social justice.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    18 June 2018

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1080/13621025.2018.1484076

  • Cross Ref:

    10.1080/13621025.2018.1484076

  • ISSN:

    1362-1025

  • Library of Congress:

    HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    306 Culture & institutions

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded

Citation

Sanghera, G., Botterill, K., Hopkins, P., & Arshad, R. (2018). ‘Living Rights’, rights claims, performative citizenship and young people – the right to vote in the Scottish independence referendum. Citizenship Studies, 22(5), 540-555. doi:10.1080/13621025.2018.1484076

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Keywords

Citizenship; claims-making; living rights; performativity; referendum; right to vote

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