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Existential Democracy - A Way to nurture Hope for Global Democratic Education?
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
2009 (English)In: AERA,2009, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We live in times of search for an education that can transcend national, ethnical, religious and cultural borders. As it seems, contemporary education is to be found in despair. Or at least found to be unsatisfactory in relation to new challenges in the contemporary world. The aim of this text is to deepen the prospect of the potential of education, regarding what might seem almost like a visionary educational objective - to provide for a global democratic citizenship. The core issue in the text is to surface what appears as insufficiencies in present democratic citizenship education. The urge is to draw upon some feasible features of an alternative to these insufficiencies. Drawing on Stanley Cavell-s notion of voicing and language, I will suggest an altered understanding of democracy and of a democratic citizenship that may direct the mission of democratic education in another way. What is needed for a compelling democratic education, I will argue, is an existential orientation. In order to make my argument, I will use Swedish Education policy as a case in point.

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Keyword [en]
Citizenship, Global, Democracy, Existential
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45333Local ID: 81590OAI: diva2:266195
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10

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