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ERIC Number: EJ1038865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
The Teaching of Patriotism and Human Rights: An Uneasy Entanglement and the Contribution of Critical Pedagogy
Zembylas, Michalinos
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v46 n10 p1143-1159 2014
This article examines the moral, political and pedagogical tensions that are created from the entanglement of patriotism and human rights, and sketches a response to these tensions in the context of critical education. The article begins with a brief review of different forms of patriotism, especially as those relate to human rights, and explains why some of these forms may be morally or politically valuable. Then, it offers a brief overview of human rights critiques, especially from the perspectives of Foucault, critical legal studies and postcolonial theory, and emphasizes that foundationalist perspectives of human rights need to be constantly contested. The next part of the article discusses how to overcome issues of incompatibility between patriotism and human rights. The final part proposes that a "rapprochement" between patriotism and human rights in the context of critical education has to take into consideration that patriotic feelings (as a form of love for one's country) constitute a particular form of "emotional education." As such, the teaching of both patriotism and human rights would benefit from the notion of "critical pedagogies of emotion" that interrogates the emotional commitments of patriotism and human rights and the consequences of these commitments.
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Language: English
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