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National Literacies in Education

Historical Reflections on the Nexus of Nations, National Identity, and Education

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  • Presents the first theoretical and empirical approach to research on nationalism within education
  • Draws on the work of Daniel Tröhler
  • Includes original case studies on nationalism in the context of citizenship and curriculum

Part of the book series: Historical Studies in Education (HSE)

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About this book

This edited volume provides an international overview of research on nationalism in education. In light of emerging neo-nationalism and national answers to global challenges, the book contributes to a growing and desperately needed discussion on how we can understand and deal with the involvement of education in phenomena of nations and nationalisms in school, curriculum, theory and research. In this book, internationally renowned scholars as well as doctoral students and postdocs from Asia, Europe, America, and Australia show how the history of education can theoretically and empirically deal with the concept(ion)s of nation and nationalism. 


Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Introduction


'Paying tribute to and expanding Professor Daniel Trohler’s innovative work on “national literacies”, this cohort of papers untangles the multilayered interpellations between modern nation states and education in the (re)making of national subject/subjectivity as an historical-ideological-cultural-linguistic effect. This intellectual community provides a timely and significant contribution for all educators who aspire to re-evaluate the performativity of nation, nationalism, and education as ideological-linguistic-cultural constructs, constellations, and effects global wise.' 

-Weili Zhao, Hangzhou Normal University, China

“Stephanie Fox and Lukas Boser have brought together a fascinating collection of essays which gather various perspectives on national identity construction through education and explore various national literacy assemblages, which knot global, imperial, national and educational matters together. ‘National Literacies in Education’ – an essential reading for political scientists, educationalists and curriculum scholars – triggers the reader to reconsider conventional understandings of education, state and nation-building processes.” 

 – Frederik Herman, Dr., School of Education, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Education, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

    Stephanie Fox

  • School of Education, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Muttenz, Switzerland

    Lukas Boser

About the editors

Stephanie Fox is Coordinator of the Doctoral School in Education at the University of Vienna, Austria. Her PhD research interests deal with linguistics on a first language level as well as on an ideological level following the linguistic turn, power structures, and struggles within and between institutions and nations, travelling ideas and, related to this, with nations and nationalisms. 

Lukas Boser is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and at the University of Basel. His research interests cover the standardization of weights and measures and the epistemology embedded therein, as well as the education of national citizens in Europe during the long nineteenth century. 

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