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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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Ali A. Abdi is Professor of Development Education and Codirector, Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. He is past president of the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC) and former codirector of the Global Education Network (GEN). He is the founding editor of the online publication Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education and cofounding editor of Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry. His coedited books include Global Citizenship Education in Institutions of Higher Education: Issues of Policy and Practice (2011), Educating for Human Rights and Global Citizenship (2008), and Decolonizing Democratic Education: Trans-disciplinary Dialogues (2008).

Adeela Arshad-Ayaz is a postcolonial critical theorist and Assistant Professor at the Department of Education, Concordia University. She has taught for universities in Pakistan, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Interdisciplinarity is central to her research philosophy and practice. Her teaching and research is geared toward knowledge production that has significance for responsible citizenship and social justice. She has published on a range of issues, including diversity and multicultural education, education policies and programs in developing countries, quality of education, the impact of globalization on education policies, and practices in North American and European context.

Muhammad Ayaz Naseem is Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University. Prior to joining Concordia, he worked as a lecturer in International Relations and as Assistant Professor of Defence and Strategic Studies at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. His research interests include feminist theory...

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