“Responsible trust”: A value to strengthen Active Citizenship

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There is a widespread idea that societies receiving migratory flows behave hostile in advance to the immigrants. Thus, three arguments underlie the public policies and educational programmes geared to fostering intercultural values and Active Citizenship competencies in multicultural societies: first, that a strong self-identity sense is a problem itself in multicultural societies; second, that multiple, hybrids and fluids identities fit better in the social cohesion principles; and third, that it is possible to train people by formal or non-formal educational programmes with the necessary intercultural values and competencies to live together. However, empirical evidence proves that in Catalonia, Spain, there are indigenous people willing to meet voluntarily with people from different cultural background. The volunteers for the practice of the Catalan language do this active citizenship practice driven by a strong regional identity and without having had any compulsory or non-formal training on Active Citizenship. This research analyses, through the Grounded Theory methodology, this social phenomenon and propose the conceptual category Responsible trust as the moral value that allows to strengthen Active Citizenship among the adult population that is not in the compulsory schooling age.

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volunteer; informal learning process; Active Citizenship; values education

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Guideline number In-depth interviews guidelines Open Coding It has been used the In vivo (in italics) / sociological constructs (in bold) coding system. 1 Why do you engage in a volunteering programme to practice Catalan language? Are you participating in any other volunteering programme? Do you identify any relationship between your willingness to participate in the practice of Catalan language with foreigner people and your family values? Do you identify any relationship between your willingness to participate in the practice of Catalan language with foreigner people and your formal education or your non-formal education? Do you identify any relationship between your willingness to participate in the practice of Catalan language with foreigner people and your friends influences? What is your identity (Catalan, Spaniard or European)? Is it necesary to be Catalan in order to perform a volunteering programme to practice Catalan language? What is it to be a Catalan person?




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