The Construction of the Empowered Cosmopolitan Citizen

  • Simona Szakács
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Educational Media book series (PSEM)


In this chapter, Szakács reflects on the ideal of the ‘good citizen’ and inquires as to how the transnationally affirmed redefinition of the citizen is expressed in post-socialist Romanian citizenship education in textbooks, curricula and school enactments. She finds that the ‘new’ Romanian citizen as projected in the content of post-socialist citizenship educational media is an individually empowered, locally involved, socially responsible and globally concerned person, universally endowed with human dignity and human rights. This tendency is convergent with post-war trends in worldwide social studies curricula and textbooks, and is matched by a corresponding change in terms of everyday practice, in particular by an increasing discursive legitimisation and enactment of student-centred pedagogies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simona Szakács
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  1. 1.Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook ResearchMember of the Leibniz AssociationBrunswickGermany

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