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Education for Citizenship in the Context of the State, the Market, and Civil Society ' where does it belong?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education.
2004 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

ABSTRACT. The concept of education for citizenship is a contested one. Arguments about what education for citizenship ought to be must be balanced with a thorough analysis of what our social, cultural and political situation really is. The starting point of my reflections on our present politico-socio-cultural situation is the notion of a threefold social structure, based on the metaphors of the state, the market and culture. The idea of a threefold social structure has deep historical roots. In educational thinking it has been elaborated by Comenius and Steiner. Already after WWI, Steiner maintained the necessity to emancipate cultural life in general and education in particular from the state and the economy. More recently, Habermas and Cohen & Arato have argued for a similar emancipation of the cultural lifeworld and civil society, respectively. Against this background, some proposals for citizenship education are taken up, e.g. Nussbaums cultivating humanity and Sch├╝tzs well-informed citizen. However, in proposing such educational ideals we must also consider the social conditions that work against them. The paper ends with the question of whether a genuine education for citizenship is possible in state-ruled schools, considering the corporate nature of modern states. In order to counteract alliances between government power and market forces, and to strengthen the development of democracy, perhaps education for citizenship is better taken care of by civil society

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2004.
Keyword [en]
education for citizenship, civil society
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Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-18548OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-18548DiVA: diva2:592184
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Paper presented at the Philosophy of Education Conference in Oxford (PESGB), April 2004
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