Personal Implications of Civic Activism

  • Mario Peucker
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


Civic and political participation has multiple positive implications for active Muslims personally. Every interview partner elaborated on how their engagement has changed them. The most commonly mentioned areas of change related to acquiring new skills and knowledge as well as expanded social networks. Some also described deeper forms of personality and identity transformation as a result of their active citizenship. These areas of personal growth and changes have consistently been recorded by previous studies as general effects of volunteering. Volunteering Australia, drawing from an large survey among volunteers in across Australia, concludes, for example, that volunteering can, among others, ‘offer people skills, social contacts, support a greater sense of self worth and challenge the stereotypes we have about different social groups’ (2010: 12). While the personal accounts of interviewed Muslims in Australia and Germany on the personal implications of their activism show strong similarities, some country-specific differences have been identified.


Social Capital Political Participation Civic Engagement Mutual Trust Muslim Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Peucker
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  1. 1.Victoria UniversityCentre for Cultural Diversity and WellbeingMelbourneAustralia

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