ERIC Number: EJ1061573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
The Practice of Equality: A Critical Understanding of Democratic Citizenship Education
Ruitenberg, Claudia W.
Democracy & Education, v23 n1 Article 2 2015
This essay proposes a conception of citizenship that highlights its political aspects. Based on the work of Balibar, Rancière, and Biesta, it is argued that democratic citizenship education must include the education of equality. This means that students must have the opportunity to experience not only the membership aspect of citizenship that subjects them to the state but also the democratic aspect of citizenship that positions them as equals to each other and capable of political intervention. The increasing emphasis in state policies on the membership aspect of citizenship must be counterbalanced by an emphasis in education on the democratic aspect of citizenship: the education of equality. The proposed conception of citizenship can be used to evaluate approaches to citizenship education.
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Democratic Values, Social Justice, Social Theories, Civics, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada