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ERIC Number: EJ1148372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
The Art of Self-Making: Identity and Citizenship Education in Late-Modernity
Gholami, Reza
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v38 n6 p798-811 2017
Taking the English National Curriculum as its main example, this article argues that an overly nationalistic, normative and "fact-based" citizenship education curriculum is failing to engage the dimensions of young people's identities which they experience as deeply meaningful. There is thus a chasm--albeit a false one--between official discourses and pedagogies of citizenship and what young people consider to be their "real" selves. I argue that citizenship education must develop a more sophisticated understanding of the complexities of how identities are formed and performed, especially in light of globalisation and increasing migration. I also make a somewhat unorthodox argument for conceptualising "relating-to-otherness" in the same way that we think of music consumption. This has implications for how we experience, interpret, value and create "others". The article also makes some recommendations for how these ideas can begin to be implemented in educational settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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