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Democracy at the Crossroads : International Perspectives on Critical Global Citizenship Education - Cameron White

Democracy at the Crossroads

International Perspectives on Critical Global Citizenship Education

By: Cameron White (Editor), Roger Openshaw (Editor)

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In Democracy at the Crossroads, the editors argue that there have been too few scholarly attempts to provide a comprehensive critique of the assumptions behind citizenship education. In particular, they ask the distinguished contributors to this volume to address difficult but essential questions that are often avoided or intentionally overlooked: What do all-embracing terms like 'global citizenship' really mean? What does democracy mean internationally? A timely work, Democracy at the Crossroad provides a necessary examination and re-interpretation of international perspectives on democracy and global citizenship as they apply to social education.

Democracy at the Crossroads plumbs the core issues of citizenship education, namely, what constitutes the "good citizen" in today's globalized society and how individuals come to understand and act on their world. White, Openshaw, and Keller have brought together an impressive group of scholars from around the world in their efforts to unpack the history, assumptions, and practices of citizenship education while critically examining influence of globalization and neoliberalism on the curriculum and aims of social studies education in the 21st century. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested moving beyond the platitudes and passivity that have hitherto marked the dominant strains of education for democracy. -- E. Wayne Ross, University of British Columbia
Democracy at the Crossroads will serve as a global benchmark for citizenship education in the early 21st century. -- Merry M. Merryfield, Ohio State University
From a variety of theoretical and national perspectives, this collection provides an interrogation of unexamined meanings, assumptions, and socio-political dynamics implicated in the programs and rhetorics promoting education for "global citizenship." The need for such work in our world today could hardly be more critical! -- Tony Whitson, University of Delaware

Democracy at the crossroads?p. 3
Neoliberalism, democracy, and education for citizenship in New Zealandp. 13
Freedom or french fries : packaged democracy for world consumptionp. 31
Toward a model of citizenship education : coping with differences in definitionp. 55
Critical democratic education for social efficacyp. 77
Entwined ideals : connecting democracy to peacep. 105
Developing a global dimension in Dutch educationp. 125
The social construction of a curriculum for citizenship education in the United Kingdomp. 145
Reexamining competing views of citizenship education and their influence on social studiesp. 167
Developing global citizens : the rhetoric and the reality in the New Zealand curriculump. 187
Citizenship education and the Crick Report in England and Walesp. 211
Suffering from enthusaists? : some relevant national case studies for global citizenship advocatesp. 233
Perceptions of citizenship in Australiap. 255
Whose civics, whose citizen : reconceptualizing U.S. democracy in the postindustrial erap. 291
Locating democracy : meanings and intersections in the Czech Republicp. 311
Dealing with discourses : U.S. teaching about the Pacific War and shifting locations of "American" identitiesp. 331
Jefferson County open school : voices of global citizenshipp. 347
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ISBN: 9780739109076
ISBN-10: 0739109073
Series: Applications of Political Theory
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: Lexington Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.81