Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Citizenship, Inclusion, and Education

  • Dina Kiwan
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_260


The concept of “citizenship” is a highly contested one, one which has been contested throughout its intellectual history. These competing conceptualizations are based on different philosophical understandings of what it means to be a human being and the constructed relationship between individuals and the political community or State. Inherent in conceptualizing citizenship is the notion of exclusivity, with the various theories of citizenship defining who is included and who is excluded. The domain of education is typically considered to be one of the most fundamental sites reflecting the nature of society and the State, as well as being aspirational – striving toward a vision for the future of society. There is a long history of philosophers theorizing about the role of education in society, from the ancient Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, to the twentieth-century American philosopher of education, John Dewey, and the twentieth-century Brazilian educator and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American University of BeirutBeirutLebanon