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Educating for Democratic Consciousness

Counter-Hegemonic Possibilities


Edited By 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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We are grateful to the contributors to this volume, as well Daniel Schugurensky, who wrote the foreword, for their complicity in pulling together a collection of writings that we hope will enhance the literature. We have known many of the contributors for a number of years, and it has been a pleasure working with them on this project. It is also a pleasure working with Peter Lang Publishing, and we benefited greatly from the support provided by Chris Myers, Sophie Appel, and Heather Boyle.

From Ali: a long overdue thank you to all the students I have worked with over the past decade in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. Without their energy, intelligence, and commitment to the critical categories of learning and academic living, my epistemic and analytical locations would have been so much more limited and less inclined to assume a global, humanist perspective on the primary categories of educational and social well-being. And a special thank you to one of these students, Nada Shaban, for her excellent work in putting together the index for this book. At a more personal level, I deeply appreciate and am certainly grateful for the delightful moments of discussion and discovery I continuously share with my two sons, Elias and Yonis.

From Paul: I would like to acknowledge and thank many colleagues and friends who have engaged, supported, and pushed me over the past several years to develop more critical scholarship, including David...

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