Citizenship, Education, and Social Conflict Israeli Political Education in Global Perspective Preface

Hanan A. Alexander, Halleli Pinson, Yossi Yonah

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This is an important book. It seeks to develop a conflict theory of citizenship and citizenship education, in distinction to the traditional views of comprehensive liberalism and civic republicanism. Such a conflict theory acknowledges the deep and sometimes intractable frictions among groups in society, in distinction to views that more optimistically seek to reconcile or mitigate such frictions. This starting point strikes me as realistic and honest, without giving up the broader aims of fostering a just, tolerant society. Drawing from a range of post-liberal, critical theory, and poststructural sources, the essays in this book develop, in the first part, a rich and original take on rethinking citizenship education in a diverse global context, and in the second part a set of essays that relate these concerns to a case study context where deep and intractable frictions seem unavoidable: contemporary Israel. The result is a theoretically rich, politically hard-headed and honest engagement with the possibilities and challenges of citizenship education today. Its implications reach far beyond the Israeli context to touch on difficulties faced by every nation-state, indeed virtually every community, in today's world.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages313
ISBN (Print)9780415744256, 9780415991902, 9786613037473
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Education


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