In the name of democracy: Disobedience and value-oriented citizenship

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Title
In the name of democracy: Disobedience and value-oriented citizenship
Journal
Journal of Community and Social Psychology
Author(s)
Passini S., Morselli D.
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2011
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
21
Number
3
Pages
255-267
Language
english
Abstract
Recently, some scholars have highlighted a paradoxical phenomenon existing in democratic systems:Those people who show the greatest support for democracy are also those most willing to protestagainst the authority and to question it. However, if we consider the tasks of contemporary democraticcitizenship in a social-psychological perspective, this apparent paradox becomes understandable.Obedience to authority may ensure the continuity of social and group life, but disobedience may becrucial in stopping the authority relationship from degenerating into an authoritarian one. FollowingKelman and Hamilton's analysis of legitimacy dynamics, we consider how actions of disobediencemay serve the defence of democracy. In particular, by considering the different ways in which peoplerelate to the political system, the relevance of so-called value-oriented citizens in supportingdemocracy will be considered.
Keywords
disobedience, democracy, citizenship, values, authority
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05/05/2011 15:06
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