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ERIC Number: EJ1175003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1361-3324
The Absence of 'Race' in German Discourses on "Bildung". Rethinking "Bildung" with Critical Race Theory
Wischmann, Anke
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v21 n4 p471-485 2018
This paper investigates the impact of mostly implicit convictions about 'white supremacy' and racist ideas in traditional and recent theories of "Bildung" which is a central educational concept in Germany. Concepts of "Bildung" describe processes of individual self-formation. It will be argued that the notion of "Bildung" is still very important in academic and public discourses on education in general and on educational inequities in particular. It will be argued that the concept of "Bildung" focuses on a certain understanding of the subject which does not take into account structural inequities in terms of diversity, even though it is omnipresent in discourses on education and diversity in Germany. To show how deeply ingrained in philosophical and political ideas a racialised concept of "Bildung" is, selected works of Kant, Hegel and Wilhelm von Humboldt on education on the one hand, and on 'race' on the other will be analysed by using Critical Race Theory. However, despite this critique concerning the inherent 'white' supremacy, the critical potential of "Bildung" is worth recognising by formulating a critical race perspective on "Bildung".
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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