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Civic Duty

  • Yan WangEmail author
  • Xinyu Lu
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1085-1



Social norms that produce a feeling of obligation to provide help or to grant the requests of others in the belief that the common good is thereby served; an action or responsibility expected of every member of a society.

In a society or community, in order to establish the well-being of their surroundings, people tend to act not only to pursue personal interests but also to pursue collective interests shared by the whole group. Generally accepted examples of civic duty include obeying laws, serving on juries, paying taxes to the government, being active about politics, voting in elections, and doing volunteer work. Individuals with greater sense of civic duty tend to exhibit more civic participation and activities.

The Socialization of Civic...


Civic Duty Political Socialization Theory Civic Behavior Civic Participation Oosterhoff 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fudan UniversityShanghaiChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Menelaos Apostolou
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  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus