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ERIC Number: EJ845677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1746-1979
Uneasy Relationships? Conceptions of "Citizenship", "Democracy" and "Diversity" in the English Citizenship Education Policymaking Process
Kiwan, Dina
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v2 n3 p223-235 2007
Multicultural societies such as the UK typically claim to embrace a model of "participative", "inclusive" and "democratic" citizenship. In this article, I examine conceptions of participative citizenship, democracy and diversity and how they inter-relate in the citizenship education policymaking process in England. I illustrate that the dominant model of citizenship is "participatory", linked to the concept of democracy. However, "diversity" is not explicitly addressed within the participatory conception, nor in relation to democracy. I discuss some of the theoretical tensions between participation, democracy and diversity. Drawing on Young's (2000) concept of "deliberative democracy", I highlight two themes--the public-private sphere distinction, and "shared values" which are particularly pertinent in considering citizenship in ethnically and religiously diverse contexts. I conclude by proposing that citizenship education should focus on the "process" of inclusive communication and collective problem-solving, rather than a privileging of a substantive "common good" or "shared values". (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)