Civic Education and Liberal Democracy

Making Post-Normative Citizens in Normative Political Spaces

  • Peter Strandbrink

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 209-232

About this book


This book explores the inherent tension in civic education. There is a surging belief in contemporary European society that liberal democracy should work harder to reproduce the civic and normative setups of national populations through public education. The cardinal notion is that education remains the best means to accomplish this end, and educational regimes appropriate tools to make the young more tolerant, civic, democratic, communal, cosmopolitan, and prone to engaged activism. This book is concerned with the ambiguities that strain standard visions of civic education and educational statehood. On the one hand, civic-normative education is expected to drive tolerance in the face of conflicting good-life affirmations and accelerating worldview pluralisation; on the other hand, nation-states are primarily interested in reproducing the normative prerogatives that prevail in restricted cultural environments. This means that civic education unfolds on two irreconcilable planes at once: one cosmopolitan/tolerant, another parochial/intolerant. The book will be of significant interest to students and scholars of education, sociology, normative statehood, democracy, and liberal political culture, particularly those working in the areas of civic education; as well as education policy-makers.


Citizenship Social Cohesion Cultural Pluralism Religious Education Tolerance Borders Political State

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Strandbrink
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social SciencesSödertörn UniversityHuddingeSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-55797-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-55798-4
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