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Civil Enculturation by Werner Schiffauer

For several years now, the concepts of 'civil culture' and 'civil society' have been widely discussed in the social sciences. Theoretically innovative and empirically rich, this volume is one of few studies that offer solid and focused ethnographic research on how the tenets and assumptions of civil culture are inculcated in schools. The authors examined school curricula, texts and pedagogical practices, observed daily interaction within the schools and outside, and conducted numerous interviews and discussion groups. The experience of students from Turkish backgrounds in the four countries was given special attention, thus offering valuable insights into the changing dynamics of nation-state civil cultures in multicultural societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571815958
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/14/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Werner Schiffauer is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the European University, Viadrina, Frankfurt, Germany.

Gerd Baumann was Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.

Riva Kastoryano is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in International Studies (CNRS), Paris.

Steven Vertovec is Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Nation-state, Schools and Civil Enculturation

Gerd Baumann


Chapter 1. The School as a Place in its Social Space

Gerd Baumann and Thijl Sunier

Chapter 2. Representing the Nation in History Textbooks

Werner Schiffauer and Thijl Sunier

Chapter 3. Taxonomies of Cultural Difference: Constructions of Otherness

Sabine Mannitz and Werner Schiffauer

Chapter 4. The Place of Religion in Four Civil Cultures

Sabine Mannitz

Chapter 5. Muslim Headscarves in Four Nation-states and Schools

Beate Collet


Chapter 6. National Language and Mother Tongue

Thijl Sunier

Chapter 7. Regimes of Discipline and Civil Conduct in Berlin and Paris

Sabine Mannitz

Chapter 8. Argumentative Strategies

Thijl Sunier

Chapter 9. Pupils' Negotiations of Cultural Difference: Identity Management and Discursive Assimilation

Sabine Mannitz

Epilogue: Limitations, Convergence and Cross-overs

Sabine Mannitz

Notes on Contributors



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