Active Citizenship in Culturally and Religiously Diverse Societies (ACT)

Active Citizenship in Culturally and Religiously Diverse Societies (ACT)
Led by Cindy Horst
Jun 2014 - Aug 2018

​​​​​​​​​​In debates on citizenship in Europe, the need for active participation among citizens is increasingly stressed. But do normative ideas of what active citizenship is reflect people's lived experiences in present-day Europe? How is increased diversity affecting the ways in which people engage in their neighbourhoods? Does diversity entail less trust, greater distance between people and less participation, or do new forms of mobilization develop?

In Europe's culturally and religiously diverse societies, citizens have different frameworks for how they act and interact with their close and distant surroundings. We argue that this increasing diversity leads to diversified citizen participation that must be studied if the current participation agenda is to remain relevant.​ The ACT project will study active citizenship in culturally and religiously diverse societies through an analysis of present-day civic 1) motivations; 2) locations; and 3) contestations.  

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Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Horst, Cindy (2017) Making a difference in Mogadishu? Experiences of multi-sited embeddedness among diaspora youth, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1354161: 1–16.
Jakobsen, Jonas (2015) Secularism, Liberal Democracy, and Islam in Europe: A Habermasian Critique of Talal Asad, Contrastes (Málaga)(20): 113–125.
Fjørtoft, Kjersti (2015) Rettferdighet som deltakelse på like vilkår [Justice as participation on equal terms], Agora: Journal for metafysisk spekulasjon 32(2): 22–39.

Book Chapter

Borchgrevink, Kaja & Marta Bivand Erdal (2017) Circulation of ideas and practices of Islamic charity in the transnational social field spanning Europe and Pakistan, in Nowicka, Magdalena ; & Vojin Šerbedžija, eds, Migration and Social Remittances in a Global Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (259–280).
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2016) Innenfra, utenfra og tredjeposisjoner? Refleksiv posisjonalitet i forskning blant katolikker i Norge [Insider, outsider or third positions? Reflexive positionality in research among Catholics in Norway], in Aschim, Anders; Olav Hovdelien; & Helje Kringlebotn Sødal, eds, Kristne migranter i Norden [Christian migrants in the Nordic countries]. Kristiansand: Portal.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2016) When Poland became the main country of birth among Catholics in Norway’: Exploring the interface of Polish migrants’ everyday narratives and Church responses to a rapid demographic re-constitution, in Pasura, Dominic ; & Marta Bivand Erdal, eds, Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism: Global Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Pasura, Dominic & Marta Bivand Erdal (2016) Introduction: Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism, in Pasura, Dominic ; & Marta Bivand Erdal, eds, Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism: Global Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Al-Sharmani, Mulki & Cindy Horst (2016) Marginal actors? Diaspora Somalis Negotiate Their Citizenship, in Ahponen, Pirkkoliisa; Päivi Harinen; & Ville-Samuli Haverinen, eds, Dislocations of Civic Cultural Borderlines: Methodological Nationalism, Transnational Reality and Cosmopolitan Dreams. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing (107–122).
Jakobsen, Jonas (2015) Contextualising Religious Pain: Saba Mahmood, Axel Honneth, and the Danish Cartoons, in Jakobsen, Jonas; & Odin Lysaker, eds, Recognition and Freedom: Axel Honneth's Political Thought. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers (169–192).

Edited Volume

Pasura, Dominic; & Marta Bivand Erdal, eds, (2016) Migration, Transnationalism and Catholicism: Global Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Mouritsen, Per (ed.) (2015) En plads i verden: Det moderne medborgerskab. København : Gyldendal.

Popular Article

Borchgrevink, Kaja & Marta Bivand Erdal (2017) Muslimsk medmenneseklighet [Muslim compassion], Dagbladet, 30 June.
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2016) Katolikk i Norge i dag [The Catholic Church in Norway Today], St. Olav – katolsk kirkeblad, 23 June.
Jdid, Noor (2014) Ufrivillig tvangstrøye [Involuntary Straightjacket], Dagbladet, 12 November.

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