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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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Chapter 13. Democracy as a Practice of Resistance and Resilience against Tyranny | Gina Thesee

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Si nous sommes obligés de dénoncer, (If we are obliged to denounce)

c’est parce qu’un petit groupe de privilégiés, (it is because a small group of elites)

semblable à l’aristocratie des siècles passés, (comparable to the aristocracy of centuries ago)

est en train d’embrigader tout un peuple; (is in the midst of recruiting an entire population)

c’est parce que le prolétariat urbain est en train de s’installer en Occident; (it’s because the urban proletariat is taking root in the Western world)

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