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The role of confidence and identity in civic participation: exploring ethnic group differences

Nahid Ahmad

in Social Policy Review 20

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420763
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420763.003.0008
The role of confidence and identity in civic participation: exploring ethnic group differences

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This chapter is based on the findings from national research commissioned by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), which aimed to examine the differences between ethnic groups in terms of levels of non-political civic participations, and the motivations and barriers to civic participation. Although it is recognised that civic participation has the potential to promote and encourage self-confidence, this chapter discusses the importance of self-confidence in enabling and motivating people from ethnic minorities to take advantage of civic participation opportunities. The chapter recommends that policies to encourage participation and inclusion should progress beyond information access. They should instead include active consultation with communities and community leaders, and recognition of the importance and potential of political identity and confidence in enhancing civic participation amongst ethnic minorities.

Keywords: Commission for Racial Equality; ethnic groups; non-political civic participations; civic participation; self-confidence; participation; inclusion; active consultation

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Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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