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Performing citizenship down under: educating the activist citizen

Wood, Bronwyn and Black, Rosalyn 2014, Performing citizenship down under: educating the activist citizen, Journal of social science education, vol. 13, no. 4, Winter 2014, pp. 56-65, doi: 10.0.9.86/jsse-v13-i4-1413.

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Title Performing citizenship down under: educating the activist citizen
Author(s) Wood, Bronwyn
Black, Rosalyn
Journal name Journal of social science education
Volume number 13
Issue number 4
Season Winter 2014
Start page 56
End page 65
Total pages 10
Publisher Sowi-Online
Place of publication Koln, Germany
Publication date 2014-11-02
ISSN 1618-5293
Keyword(s) citizenship education
acts of citizenship
youth
active citizens
participation
Summary In democracies such as Australia and New Zealand, education policy increasingly seeks to foster active citizens who are committed to social justice and change. Whilst many aspects of these initiatives are to be applauded for their commitment to empowering young people, in this paper we describe some of the ambiguities that attend young people’s experiences of civic engagement and active citizenship. In doing so, we draw on Isin’s (2008) reconceptualization of citizenship as something that is, above all, performed or enacted. Isin’s focus is upon ‘acts of citizenship’ which he argues are best understood by examining their grounds, effects and consequences. Drawing on illustrations of young people’s global and local citizenship actions in schools in Australia and New Zealand, we examine some of the contradictions and tensions that lie within the enactment of such ‘performed’ curricula. We conclude by reflecting on the opportunities that exist within school and community spaces for the active citizen to perform acts of citizenship.
Language eng
DOI 10.0.9.86/jsse-v13-i4-1413
Field of Research 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Socio Economic Objective 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, JSSE
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074780

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