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ERIC Number: EJ811379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
Freedom from Repression: Some Thoughts on Totalitarianism for Religious, Spiritual and Citizenship/Human Rights Education
Gearon, Liam
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v13 n1 p5-14 Feb 2008
The article attempts to outline the beginning of a wider interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between a number of fields that appear initially incongruent and unconnected, but which, on closer examination, are integrally related. Taking totalitarianism as a conceptual core, the article begins by defining some of the historical and political parameters of both moderate liberalism, broadly understood, and the extremes of totalitarian repression and control. The article applies and develops this analysis to religious, spiritual and human rights education. While remaining at the level of a philosophical prompt for discussion and further elaboration and curriculum application pedagogically, the article closes by using the literary form of the novel as an example of how totalitarianism has been both portrayed and resisted, and as an implicit warning about the dangers of over-politicizing either religion or spirituality. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom