“Responsible trust”: A value to strengthen Active Citizenship

Alexandro Escudero


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.


volunteer; informal learning process; Active Citizenship; values education

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