Citizenship education, national identity and political trust: The case of Sweden
2014 (English)In: Nordidactica: Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education, ISSN 2000-9879, no 2014:2, 116-136 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The challenging effects of globalization upon the nation-state have been a recurrent theme in the social science discourse since the 1990’s. Nationally organized education is also seen as challenged by new demands originating from globalization. In this article it is argued that ‘nation-state’ and ‘national identity’ are highly relevant concepts when discussing a citizenship education that seeks to develop a civic ethos with, potentially, a global reach. It is further argued that the understanding of such an ethos would benefit significantly from incorporating the role of political trust since trust has been identified as a main feature of the social capital that makes democracy work. Three themes are brought together: national identity and identification, the importance for democracy of political trust and the challenges citizenship education face when carried out in a national context but intended to manage issues that go far beyond the reach of the nation-state. The importance of citizenship education is discussed using recent research on the Swedish citizenship education classroom.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: CSD Karlstad , 2014. no 2014:2, 116-136 p.
CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION, NATIONAL IDENTITY, POLITICAL TRUST, DEMOCRACY
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34621OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-34621DiVA: diva2:765239