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Nurturing citizens : an inquiry into citizenship and attachment theory


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MacKenzie, Murdoch Colin 2003 , 'Nurturing citizens : an inquiry into citizenship and attachment theory', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This thesis explores the connections between parenting styles
and the concepts of citizenship and attempts to discover whether
a secure attachment of the infant to the parent is the foundation
for the development of qualities required in a 'good' citizen.
I survey the functions of citizenship in a democracy and review
the literature to ascertain that a 'good' citizen is marked by the
qualities of a sense of belonging, an ability to trust others,
responsibility, respect and concern for others, cooperativeness,
tolerance and fairness.
I then review the research literature dealing with the effects of
secure attachment on the developing person to argue that many
of the qualities correlated with secure attachment are the same as
those previously identified as valuable in a 'good' citizen.
Some of the criticisms of this thesis have been anticipated and
addressed. These include controversies regarding the
contribution of genetic inheritance, of temperament, and of
factors other than the parents.
I continue my argument by suggesting that an added requirement
for 'good' citizenship is a set of moral values that are also learnt
within the context of family life and note that there is some
evidence to argue that a secure infant more readily incorporates
parental values.
Finally I suggest possibilities for further research to test this
thesis and discuss the effects on social policy, education and
clinical work if the thesis is accepted.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:MacKenzie, Murdoch Colin
Keywords: Citizenship, Citizenship, Social participation
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2004. Includes bibliographical references

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