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ERIC Number: EJ1177475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1323-577X
South African Schoolchildren's Voices on Democratic Belonging, Being, and Becoming
Kubow, Patricia K.; Ulm, Jessica
Educational Practice and Theory, v37 n1 p19-44 2015
This article examines the meanings ascribed to democracy by 74 township children in primary and intermediate schools outside Cape Town. The Xhosa children's racial and historical accounts form the qualitative substance to postulate democracy as "ubuntu" (respect). Embedded in a 'struggle for recognition', democratic belonging, being, and becoming is understood in relation to the speech acts of children and informed by Honneth's theory of recognition (love, rights, and solidarity). This case study is a move toward a theory of child voice that views children as not merely produced by schools but as active constructors of the democratic identities they hold.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa (Cape Town)
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