Gender justice and the English citizenship curriculum: a consideration of post-September 11 national imperatives and issues of 'Britishness'

Keddie, Amanda 2008, Gender justice and the English citizenship curriculum: a consideration of post-September 11 national imperatives and issues of 'Britishness', International journal of educational reform, vol. 17, no. 1, Winter, pp. 3-18.

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Title Gender justice and the English citizenship curriculum: a consideration of post-September 11 national imperatives and issues of 'Britishness'
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name International journal of educational reform
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Season Winter
Start page 3
End page 18
Total pages 16
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Place of publication Lanham, Md.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1056-7879
Summary Although much contention has surrounded the introduction of the English citizenship curriculum, its political agenda clearly reflects a transformative approach to issues of justice and equity. In light of this agenda, this article supports feminist work in further problematizing the curriculum's silence around relations of gender and citizenship. It extends this work by exploring the implications of such silence within the context of the contemporary post-September 11 climate, where discourses around security and militarism have amplified social/gender inequities worldwide while further reducing the spaces available for active social and political engagement toward the "common good." In the U.K. context, these trends are considered in light of the recent high-profile political debate around the issue of Britishness. Here, concern is expressed about how superficial engagement with this debate may be mobilized in exclusionary ways that do little to militate against the masculinist framings of the citizenship curriculum. Conversely, critical engagement in debates around British national identity are also presented as being potentially generative in terms of their capacity to strengthen the discourse of ideal citizenship in the United Kingdom in ways that foster a more critical and gender-just approach to citizenship education.
Language eng
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
130307 Ethnic Education (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacific Peoples)
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Rowman & Littlefield
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