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ERIC Number: EJ860751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1056-4934
Myth, Rhetoric, and Ideology in Eastern European Education: Schools and Citizenship in Hungary, Poland, and Romania
Mincu, Monica E.
European Education, v41 n1 p55-78 Spr 2009
Educational study is always a matter of choice between different theoretical paradigms, however, it also runs the risk of taking a dichotomized and ideological stance. Comparative education is an emblematic case in point, especially the excessively ideologized versions of comparative thinking inspired by the cold war. The choice to interpret citizenship and education through the lens of such concepts as myth, rhetoric, and ideology is not to promote a particular worldview in a dichotomized and ideological sense, nor to reveal "negative" or dysfunctional issues. On the contrary, the concepts of myth, rhetoric, and ideology provide a more appropriate framework and theoretical approach to enable one to highlight important aspects of the realities under investigation. Such an "eschatological search," however, must not be viewed as an exclusive trait of these contexts, even though the intensity of social tensions and the dissolution of traditional identities make it more evident. The author first discusses a conceptual framework of myth, rhetoric, and ideology and then applies it to Eastern citizenship and education. These concepts are addressed in three sections dedicated to different historical phases: (1) presocialist; (2) socialist; and (3) postsocialist. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hungary; Poland; Romania