Palgrave Studies in Global Citizenship Education and Democracy

Civic Education and Liberal Democracy

Making Post-Normative Citizens in Normative Political Spaces

Authors: Strandbrink, Peter

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  • Argues that strains will inevitably surface between competing interests of a liberal democratic approach to education and a state's interest in civic education
  • Highlights the internal inconsistencies within a liberal democratic education system
  • Explores a range of tensions including cultural pluralism and social cohesion, global education and parochial values and normative education and the educational structures of a particular state
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This book explores the inherent tension in civic education. There is a surging belief in contemporary European society that liberal democracy should work harder to reproduce the civic and normative setups of national populations through public education. The cardinal notion is that education remains the best means to accomplish this end, and educational regimes appropriate tools to make the young more tolerant, civic, democratic, communal, cosmopolitan, and prone to engaged activism. This book is concerned with the ambiguities that strain standard visions of civic education and educational statehood. On the one hand, civic-normative education is expected to drive tolerance in the face of conflicting good-life affirmations and accelerating worldview pluralisation; on the other hand, nation-states are primarily interested in reproducing the normative prerogatives that prevail in restricted cultural environments. This means that civic education unfolds on two irreconcilable planes at once: one cosmopolitan/tolerant, another parochial/intolerant. The book will be of significant interest to students and scholars of education, sociology, normative statehood, democracy, and liberal political culture, particularly those working in the areas of civic education; as well as education policy-makers.

About the authors

Peter Strandbrink is Associate Professor in Political Science at Södertörn University, Sweden. His work has been published in Religion, State & Society, Citizenship, Education & Social Justice, Tidskrift för Politisk Filosofi, and in the co-edited research volume Crosses & Crossings: Borders, Educations and Religions in Northern Europe.

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“This book … aims to approach the question of civic education from a broad perspective, combining empirical studies with conceptual and normative analysis, is greatly to be welcomed. … the book approaches the issues from a European perspective, and, moreover, includes the results of research from an empirical study of northern and eastern rather than the more-studied western European countries.” (Iseult Honohan, Constellations, vol. 25 (2), June, 2018)

“Strandbrink (Södertörn Univ., Sweden) questions the viability of the liberal democratic model of civic education. … This book is appropriate for upper-division undergraduates, grad students, faculty, and perhaps some practitioners. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals.” (E. R. Gill, Choice, Vol. 55 (10), June, 2018)
“Goes to the heart of a long standing debate between those who understand the role of education as transmitting civic norms and values, and those who understand the everydayness of social and historical life as far more complex and multi layered than what can be represented by a single unified conception of liberal democracy…deeply challenging, thought provoking and important.” (Carl Anders Säfström, Professor of Education, Södertörn University, Sweden)

“Although Strandbrink will make many liberals feel distinctly uncomfortable, his book raises important questions for education in liberal democracies and what should be taught in our schools… timely and significant.” (Mark Pike, Professor of Education, University of Leeds, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Civic Education and Liberal Democracy
Book Subtitle
Making Post-Normative Citizens in Normative Political Spaces
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Global Citizenship Education and Democracy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55798-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55798-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55797-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85750-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 232
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