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Questioning Allegiance: Resituating Civic Education / Edition 1

Questioning Allegiance: Resituating Civic Education / Edition 1

by Liz JacksonLiz Jackson
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Education about living in society and in the world is a vital task of schools. Yet such civic education is not always critically examined, and few among us have been encouraged to reflect on our civic education experiences. Around the world, one's civic education most often looks like a black box. How it works is unclear. When human harm, violence, and oppression can be seen in a wide variety of contexts, it is worth critically examining civic education. Could it be that civic education is not playing a helpful role in society? Can it be done differently and better? As one reflects on the contemporary social world, it is helpful to examine the assumptions surrounding education for living together, to think about current modes and possible alternatives. Otherwise, one might end up promoting allegiance to civic and partisan entities which are themselves black boxes (the 'nation', the 'people'), failing to notice when and how what goes on in civic education is morally questionable.

This book aims to elucidate some of the black box of civic education, and focuses on some of its main operations across contexts. Offering a new framework for students and academics, this book questions existing thinking and shifts the focus of attention from the right balance to strike between local, national, and global allegiances to the more fundamental question of what counts as 'local', 'national', and 'global', and what might be involved in cultivating allegiances to them. It looks at allegiance to not just transnational but also sub-global 'civilisations' and it problematises the notion of the 'local community' in new ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138351110
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/16/2019
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Liz Jackson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Hong Kong. She is President of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia and Director of the Comparative Education Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents




    1. The Challenge of Learning to Live Together

    2. Civilisation and Culture in Education

        3. Patriotism and Nationalism in Education

            4. Globalisation and Education

                5. Localism in Education

                    6. Interpersonal Relations in Education

                        7. The Individual in Education

                            8. Media and Civic Education

                            9. Rethinking Civic Education

                              10. Conclusion


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