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This book examines issues surrounding the nation-building processes, and identity and citizenship education in the global culture, from various perspectives. Globally, there are increasing arguments both for the democratisation of education and for the use of education to promote a democratic society, based on equality, and social justice. It is argued that authentic and democratic schools could better prepare for active citizenship and for a strong civil society which are seen to be the foundation of a democratic state.
The book critiques the dominant discourses and debates pertaining to cultural identity, set against the current climate of growing social stratification and unequal access to quality education for all. It opens discourses related to globalisation and the state, and approaches to constructing national, ethnic and religious identities in the global culture. It explores the ambivalent and problematic relationship between the state, globalisation and the construction of cultural identity.
Part I: Main Trends and Issues in Identity and Citizenship Education.
1. Nation-Building, Identity and Citizenship in the Global Culture; J. Zajda. 2. Identities and Diversified School Education; M. K. Okuma-Nyström. 3. Democracy, Identity, and Citizenship Education in South Africa: Defining a Nation in a Post-Colonial and Global Era; P. K. Kubow. 4. Cultural Identity and Civic Education in Eastern Europe: Results from the IEA Civic-Education Project; D. Oesterreich. 5. National Identity, Multiculturalism and Language Policies; S. Majhanovich. 6. Globalisation, Identity and Cultural Dynamics in a Multiethnic State: Multiculturalism in Australia; J. Smolicz, M. Secombe.
Part II: Cultural Identity: Case Studies.
7. Jewish-Canadian Identity and Hebrew Language Learning in Montreal and Toronto: Belonging (or Not Belonging) in Diaspora; G. Feuerverger. 8. The Dialectic of Identity, Globalisation and Local Activism: Multicultural Education Policies in Japan; K. H. Okano. 9. Cultural Identity and the Transformation of Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates: Intercultural Dimensions; D. Kirk, D. Napier. 10. Cultural Identities and Good Practises in Intercultural Education in Europe; E. Regnault. 11. Cultural Identity and Implementing a New Language-in-Education Policy in South African Schools; H. B. Holmarsdottir. 12. Schooling and the Formation of Identities in Modern Nepal; S. Carney, U. A. Madsen.
Index of Names. Index of Subjects.