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ERIC Number: EJ830155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Childhood and Citizenship: A Conversation across Modernity
Dunne, Joseph
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v14 n1 p5-19 2006
This paper analyses the problematic nature of citizenship as a modern achievement faced with the challenge of vindicating ancient ideals in what is increasingly considered to be a "postmodern" world. It offers a parallel analysis of childhood as a characteristically modern construct whose reality in children's life-worlds is threatened by social conditions of postmodernity, and whose discursive articulation is increasingly exposed to critique from the standpoint of philosophical post-modernism. In response, it argues for the incorporation of key elements of Athenian/republican citizenship--emphasising speech, action, and interdependence--in early childhood education, an incorporation already strongly prefigured in the exemplary experiment at Reggion Emilia in Italy. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland