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The Struggle Between Conflicting Beliefs. On the Promise of Education
Institutionen för humaniora, utbildning och samhällsvetenskap, Örebro universitet. (Utbildning och demokrati)
2006 (English)In: Journal of Curriculum Studies, ISSN 0022-0272, E-ISSN 1366-5839, ISSN ISSN 0022-0272, Vol. 38, no 5, 545-568 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Education is thought to provide a certain outcome—a

promise. I argue that a promise that

education will counteract cultural and social disintegration involves a risk of engendering

narrow social and cultural incorporation. On what reasonable basis could education contribute

to civic life, when contemporary Western society is represented by a diversity of lifestyles

and beliefs, with roots in different traditions? Habermas’s communicative theory and theory

of procedural democracy contain a normative core of presuppositions that function as

enabling conditions for practical discourse to take place under such conditions. However,

Habermas’s perspective conceptualizes these presuppositions as features of a political

culture whose ‘accommodating quality’ citizens need to be able to expect sociologically.

Within a political and moral theory, Habermas only counts on these preconditions

implicitly, but he does hope for such accommodating qualities to be fulfilled in a process of

socialization and in political forms of life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 38, no 5, 545-568 p.
Keyword [en]
citizenship, citizenship education, Habermas, multiculturalism;
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191628DOI: 10.1080/00220270600670783OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-191628DiVA: diva2:684430
Demokrati, autonomi och gemenskap
Swedish Research Council
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