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THE ROLE OF A PARTICIPATORY SPACE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CITIZENSHIP

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Max Axel Huber ,

Max Axel Huber, MSc, is senior-onderzoeker bij het lectoraat Stedelijk sociaal werken bij de Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Daar schrijft hij een proefschrift over zelfbeheer van residentiële voorzieningen in de maatschappelijke opvang en geestelijke gezondheidszorg., NL
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Rosalie Metze,

Hogeschool van Amsterdam, NL
About Rosalie
Rosalie Metze is senior-onderzoeker bij het lectoraat Stedelijk Sociaal werken bij de Hogeschool van Amsterdam en projectleider in de Werkplaats sociaal domein Amsterdam.
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Lex Veldboer,

Hogeschool van Amsterdam, NL
About Lex

Dr. Lex Veldboer is lector Stedelijk sociaal werken bij
de Hogeschool van Amsterdam en penvoerder van de
Werkplaats sociaal domein Amsterdam.

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Martin Stam,

Hogeschool van Amsterdam, NL
About Martin

Dr. Martin Stam is emeritus lector Outreachend werken &
innoveren aan de Hogeschool van Amsterdam.

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Tine van Regenmortel,

Universiteit van Tilburg, NL
About Tine

Prof. Dr. Tine van Regenmortel is hoofd van de
onderzoeksgroep Sociaal en economisch beleid &
maatschappelijke integratie aan de KU Leuven en hoofd
van de academische werkplaats Sociaal werk aan de
Universiteit Tilburg.

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Tineke Abma

VUmcNL
About Tineke

Prof. Dr. Tineke Abma is hoogleraar Cliëntenparticipatie
in de ouderenzorg bij het VUmc en verbonden aan het
Centrum voor Cliëntervaringen.

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Abstract

Research and policymaking are paying increasing attention to the development of citizenship, stimulated by the transition towards a participatory society. In this paper we focus specifically on citizens in mental health and homeless care, whose citizenship is often underdeveloped. Pols (2016) endorses the need for a participatory space outside home or work where people in a vulnerable position can develop relational citizenship. We reflect on the influence a participatory space can have on the development of individual and democratic citizenship besides the more commonly described relational citizenship. We specifically focus on characteristics of a participatory space that can influence the development of citizenship. To this end we use both theoretical insights and empirical data from a longitudinal participatory study into Je Eigen Stek (JES, Your own place), a self-managed transitional programme in homeless care. JES as a participatory space contributes to the development of individual, relational and democratic citizenship, even though not all participants benefit equally. The different forms of citizenship both hinder and stimulate each other. Our paper brings to light aspects of a participatory space that can influence the development of individual, relational and democratic citizenship. We also found indications for the importance of looking at physical aspects of a participatory space in relation to the development of citizenship. Citizens in homeless care are able to develop citizenship, supported by a participatory space if adequately facilitated. It is therefore important to assess the quality of the participatory space. 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.583
How to Cite: Huber, M.A., Metze, R., Veldboer, L., Stam, M., van Regenmortel, T. and Abma, T., 2019. THE ROLE OF A PARTICIPATORY SPACE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CITIZENSHIP. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice, 28(1), pp.39–55. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.583
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Published on 15 Feb 2019.
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