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ERIC Number: EJ912437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4908
Toward Inclusion and Human Unity: Rethinking Dewey's Democratic Community
Peng, Hongmei
Education and Culture, v25 n2 Article 8 2009
In this article, the author digs into John Dewey's writings to explore his democratic community to better understand the meaning and the value of community. The author begins by considering the connotation of the concept "community," which is distinguished from the more popular term "society" used in ordinary language. Then the author transitions from the discussion of the term itself to the key principles that help sustain a democratic community followed by an examination of the issues of conflict, harmony, and power. The educational implications are explored at the end of the article. The author's discussion of community does not claim the sovereignty of community, which means communal goals take priority over individual goals. Rather, the author believes individuals and community are of equal importance and reflect two sides of the same reality. Dewey elaborates this inseparable and codependent human relationship in his "ethical postulate." In the pursuit of self-development, one needs to discard the split of private/public or individual/social. The author shares Dewey's position that self-development always involves a social medium, development of the social environment, and vice versa. (Contains 37 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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