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ERIC Number: EJ970841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
The Task of Critical Educators in the Era of Globalized Immigration: A View from the European Periphery
Tsimouris, Giorgos
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v10 n1 p22-36 Apr 2012
The main point of this article is that the task of critical educators in the age of massive globalised immigration is to move beyond national essentialism and cultural purism. They have to transgress the restraints of methodological nationalism, omnipresent in the diverse aspects of education including the action of many educators. This implies that they should act as public, critical and transformative intellectuals seeking to politicize education especially vis-a-vis current xenophobic political discourses and media representations, which draw on hegemonic understandings of history and culture. As the immigration history reminds us, these anti-immigrant crusades are intensified during economic crises because of nationalist propaganda triggered by the political elites in their attempt to gain over their disillusioned voters. In the era of forced migration, strongly associated with the pressures of late capitalism, educators should be inspired by humanist, democratic ideals, as framed understandings of cultural translation and not as another Western canon in order to pursue coexistence and activate alliances through cultural and other differences. This seems to be an urgent task in Greece now. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece