ERIC Number: EJ720330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 33
Citizenship Education as an Expression of Democratization and Nation-Building Processes in Russia
European Education, v37 n3 p38-52 Fall 2005
Over the past several decades, interest in and attention to the concept of citizenship and citizenship education has increased throughout Europe. An insightful observer might distinguish two interlinked discourses in the arguments around citizenship. One, that the political citizenship mostly related to the functioning of representative democracy has deteriorated, as people's interest in voting and active participation in various political institutions--including the supranational ones--have for a longer time dissatisfied the politicians; the other, that Europe is undergoing a multifaceted transformation of identity. What ties the two discourses together is the fear of disintegration, which arises from the growing gap between the elites and ordinary people as well as a crumbling of national unity. The purpose of this article is to discuss how the processes of democratization and nation building have affected the notions of citizenship education as they are promoted by the Russian state. The author examines citizenship education at the macro level through various educational policy documents published between 1992 and 2003. The assessment of these documents reveals how citizenship education policies have changed throughout the 1990s and up to 2003. The analysis of citizenship education policies offers an interesting view of how education is influenced by the changes in the country's ideological space.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nationalism, Democracy, Citizenship Education, Citizenship, Ideology, Educational Policy
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Identifiers - Location: Russia