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Citizenship under Fire examines the relationship among civic education, the culture of war, and the quest for peace. Drawing on examples from Israel and the United States, Sigal Ben-Porath seeks to understand how ideas about citizenship change when a country is at war, and what educators can do to prevent some of the most harmful of these changes.

Perhaps the most worrisome one, Ben-Porath contends, is a growing emphasis in schools and elsewhere on social conformity, on tendentious teaching of history, and on drawing stark distinctions between them and us. As she writes, "The varying characteristics of citizenship in times of war and peace add up to a distinction between belligerent citizenship, which is typical of democracies in wartime, and the liberal democratic citizenship that is characteristic of more peaceful democracies."

Ben-Porath examines how various theories of education--principally peace education, feminist education, and multicultural education--speak to the distinctive challenges of wartime. She argues that none of these theories are satisfactory on their own theoretical terms or would translate easily into practice. In the final chapter, she lays out her own alternative theory--"expansive education"--which she believes holds out more promise of widening the circles of participation in schools, extending the scope of permissible debate, and diversifying the questions asked about the opinions voiced.

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"This timely book addresses a host of pressing issues, from teaching history and civics to accommodating diversity and dissent. Combining insights from feminist thought, multicultural theory, and democratic education, Ben-Porath offers an admirably balanced and insightful account of the complex demands that democracies face in time of war."--Amy Gutmann, University of Pennsylvania

"This book has all the ingredients of a classic text: it opens a new line of scholarly inquiry that, afterwards, seems hard to believe hadn't been opened before. Ben-Porath's main theme--civic education during wartime--has never been addressed in as comprehensive and inventive a manner."--Rob Reich, Stanford University

"Engaging and original. This book deals with important themes in a way that engages with a wide range of literature and literatures. The topic is timely and what the author has to say about it is important."--Harry Brighouse, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Citizenship under Fire examines the relationship among civic education, the culture of war, and the quest for peace. Drawing on examples from Israel and the United States, Sigal Ben-Porath seeks to understand how ideas about citizenship change when a country is at war, and what educators can do to prevent some of the most harmful of these changes.

Perhaps the most worrisome one, Ben-Porath contends, is a growing emphasis in schools and elsewhere on social conformity, on tendentious teaching of history, and on drawing stark distinctions between them and us. As she writes, "The varying characteristics of citizenship in times of war and peace add up to a distinction between belligerent citizenship, which is typical of democracies in wartime, and the liberal democratic citizenship that is characteristic of more peaceful democracies."

Ben-Porath examines how various theories of education--principally peace education, feminist education, and multicultural education--speak to the distinctive challenges of wartime. She argues that none of these theories are satisfactory on their own theoretical terms or would translate easily into practice. In the final chapter, she lays out her own alternative theory--"expansive education"--which she believes holds out more promise of widening the circles of participation in schools, extending the scope of permissible debate, and diversifying the questions asked about the opinions voiced.

About the Author

Sigal Ben-Porath is assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education and special assistant to the president at the University of Pennsylvania. She previously was a postdoctoral fellow at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University. She earned her doctoral degree in political philosophy from Tel Aviv University in 2000.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

INTRODUCTION 1

CHAPTER 1: Citizenship in Wartime 9

CHAPTER 2: Education as War by Other Means 33

CHAPTER 3: Peace Education: Anger Management and Care for the Earth 57

CHAPTER 4: Feminist Contributions to Expansive Education 76

CHAPTER 5: Multicultural Education: Acknowledgment and Forgiveness 93

CHAPTER 6: Expansive Education 113

Notes 131

Index 151

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691141114
Author:
Ben-porath, Sigal R.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Ben-Porath, Sigal R.
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Social Science
Subject:
Civics & Citizenship
Subject:
Aims & Objectives
Subject:
Educational change
Subject:
Citizenship -- Study and teaching.
Subject:
Civics
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Education-Teaching Social Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "This timely book addresses a host of pressing issues, from teaching history and civics to accommodating diversity and dissent. Combining insights from feminist thought, multicultural theory, and democratic education, Ben-Porath offers an admirably balanced and insightful account of the complex demands that democracies face in time of war."--Amy Gutmann, University of Pennsylvania

"This book has all the ingredients of a classic text: it opens a new line of scholarly inquiry that, afterwards, seems hard to believe hadn't been opened before. Ben-Porath's main theme--civic education during wartime--has never been addressed in as comprehensive and inventive a manner."--Rob Reich, Stanford University

"Engaging and original. This book deals with important themes in a way that engages with a wide range of literature and literatures. The topic is timely and what the author has to say about it is important."--Harry Brighouse, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Synopsis" by , Citizenship under Fire examines the relationship among civic education, the culture of war, and the quest for peace. Drawing on examples from Israel and the United States, Sigal Ben-Porath seeks to understand how ideas about citizenship change when a country is at war, and what educators can do to prevent some of the most harmful of these changes.

Perhaps the most worrisome one, Ben-Porath contends, is a growing emphasis in schools and elsewhere on social conformity, on tendentious teaching of history, and on drawing stark distinctions between them and us. As she writes, "The varying characteristics of citizenship in times of war and peace add up to a distinction between belligerent citizenship, which is typical of democracies in wartime, and the liberal democratic citizenship that is characteristic of more peaceful democracies."

Ben-Porath examines how various theories of education--principally peace education, feminist education, and multicultural education--speak to the distinctive challenges of wartime. She argues that none of these theories are satisfactory on their own theoretical terms or would translate easily into practice. In the final chapter, she lays out her own alternative theory--"expansive education"--which she believes holds out more promise of widening the circles of participation in schools, extending the scope of permissible debate, and diversifying the questions asked about the opinions voiced.

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