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ERIC Number: EJ895839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0068
Religion, Education and the Politics of Recognition: A Critique and a Counter-Proposal
Kamat, Sangeeta; Mathew, Biju
Comparative Education, v46 n3 p359-376 Aug 2010
How should religion be integrated into school curriculum? The authors compare two recent controversies about religion in school curriculum to provide an overarching perspective that can guide educators in their efforts to use religion for pedagogical purposes. The first controversy concerns curriculum approved by the California State Board of Education on ancient India and the second is a lesson approved by the Kerala State Board of Education textbook. Drawing upon political philosopher Nancy Fraser's work, the authors argue that the first conflict is illustrative of a "politics of recognition" while the second exemplifies a "politics of redistribution". An analysis of the two cases provides an ethical framework that alerts us to the dangers and the possibilities of integrating religion in education. The authors propose that curriculum about religion that is based on a "politics of redistribution" has the potential to contribute toward a more just and equitable society. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; India