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Educating for Democratic Consciousness

Counter-Hegemonic Possibilities

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Ali A. Abdi and Paul R. Carr

This book has received the AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award 2013.
There is a widespread, but mainly untenable, assumption that education in Western societies (and elsewhere) intuitively and horizontally aids the democratic development of people. An argument could be made that in contemporary liberal democracies, education was never designed for the well-being of societies. Instead of the full inclusion of everyone in educational development, it becomes dominated by those with a vested interest in the role of the liberal state as a mediating agent that, ultimately, assures the supremacy of the capitalism and neoliberalism. This book extends beyond a theoretical analysis of democratic education, seeking to tap into the substantial experiences, perspectives and research of a wide range of leading scholars from diverse vantage points, who bring themselves and their work into the debate connecting democracy and education, which elucidates the reference to counter-hegemonic possibilities in the title.
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

FOREWORD. Democracy Does Not Fall From the Sky Daniel Schugurensky

CHAPTER 1. Framing Contemporary Democracy and the Potential for Counterhegemonic Possibilities | Paul R. Carr & Ali A. Abdi

CHAPTER 2. Recontextualizing and Reculturing Education for “Democratic” Consciousness: Social and Philosophical Analyses | Ali A. Abdi

CHAPTER 3. Reshaping the Democratic Truth, and Rethinking Democracy without Elections | Paul R. Carr

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