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Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives

James A. Banks (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-7879-8765-7
524 pages
January 2007, Jossey-Bass
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The increasing ethnic, racial, cultural, religious, and language diversity in nations throughout the world is forcing educators and policymakers to rethink existing notions of citizenship and nationality. To experience cultural democracy and freedom, a nation must be unified around a set of democratic values such as justice and equality that balance unity and diversity and protect the rights of diverse groups. Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives brings together in one comprehensive volume a group of international experts on the topic of diversity and citizenship education. These experts discuss and identify the shared issues and possibilities that exist when educating for national unity and cultural diversity. Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives presents compelling case studies and examples of successful programs and practices from twelve nations, discusses problems that arise when societies are highly stratified along race, cultural, and class lines, and describes guidelines and benchmarks that practicing educators can use to structure citizenship education programs that balance unity and diversity. The book covers a broad range of issues and includes vital information on such topics as
  • Migration, citizenship, and education
  • The challenge of racialized citizenship in the United States
  • The contribution of the struggles by Indians and Blacks for citizenship and recognition in Brazil
  • Crises of citizenship education and ethnic issues in Germany, Russia, and South Africa
  • Conflicts between religious and ethnic factions
  • Diversity, globalization, and democratic education

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Foreword (Will Kymlicka).

Preface (James A. Banks).

Contributors and Conference Participants.

Reviewers.

PART ONE: Crosscutting Issues and Concepts.

Introduction: Democratic Citizenship Education in Multicultural Societies (James A. Banks).

1. Migration, Citizenship, and Education (Stephen Castles).

2. Higher Learning: Educational Availability and Flexible Citizenship in Global Space (Aihwa Ong).

3. Unity and Diversity in Democratic Multicultural Education: Creative and Destructive Tensions (Amy Gutmann).

PART TWO: The United States and Canada.

4. Culture Versus Citizenship: The Challenge of Racialized Citizenship in the United States (Gloria Ladson-Billings).

5. Citizenship and Multicultural Education in Canada: From Assimilation to Social Cohesion (Reva Joshee).

PART THREE: South Africa and Brazil.

6. Citizenship Education and Political Literacy in South Africa (Kogila A. Moodley and Heribert Adam).

7. Citizenship and Education in Brazil: The Contribution of Indian Peoples and Blacks in the Struggle for Citizenship and Recognition (Petronilha Beatriz Gonçalves e Silva).

PART FOUR: England, Germany, and Russia).

8. Diversity and Citizenship Education in England (Peter Figueroa).

9. Ethnic Diversity and Citizenship Education in Germany (Sigrid Luchtenberg).

10. Citizenship Education and Ethnic Issues in Russia (Isak D. Froumin).

PART FIVE: Japan, India, and China.

11. Expanding the Borders of the Nation: Ethnic Diversity and Citizenship Education in Japan (Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu).

12. Crisis of Citizenship Education in the Indian Republic: Contestation Between Cultural Monists and Pluralists (T. K. Oommen).

13. Ethnic Diversity and Citizenship Education in the People’s Republic of China (Wan Minggang).

PART SIX: Israel and Palestine.

14. Diversity and Citizenship Education in Israel (Moshe Tatar).

15. Educating for Citizenship in the New Palestine (Fouad Moughrabi).

PART SEVEN: Curriculum for Diversity, Democracy, and Citizenship Education.

16. Diversity, Globalization, and Democratic Education: Curriculum Possibilities (Walter C. Parker).

Diversity, Democracy, Globalization, and Citizenship: A Bibliography.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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James A. Banks is Kerry and Linda Killinger Professor of Diversity Studies and director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. His books include Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives, (6th Edition) from Wiley and the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education (2nd Edition) from Jossey-Bass. Professor Banks is a past president of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council for the Social Studies. He is also a member of the National Academy of Education.
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  • An extremely timely topic. Much of the world is struggling to reconcile growing diversity with national identity.
  • Stellar and international cast of authors, with contributors from the U.S., England, Canada, India, Japan, China, Germany, Israel, Palestine, Brazil, South Africa, Russia.
  • Solid basis in research.
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"…provides a solid basis for discussing these issues with faculty and administrators." (NACADA, 03/11/08)

“Just such an excellent resource . . .this book is valuable in its attention to curriculum and to a lesser extent, pedagogy . . ." (The National Teaching and Learning Forum)

This volume is essential reading for all scholars and students of the academic field of citizenship education. (London Review of Education, Vol. 6, March 2008)

This superbly edited volume provides an extremely coherent treatment of diversity and citizenship in the 21st century, perhaps largely owing to the fact that it grew out of a small, focused conferences of heralding thinkings on this topic from 12 countries. (Intercultural Education)

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"Overall, James Banks’ edited book provides thought provoking articles on the complex configuration of citizenship education in the global context.  Graduate students who are interested in multicultural and international education would immensely benefit from the book since it emphasizes extensive research in the fields."--Binaya Subedi , Ohio State University (Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Sept. 2005)

“Diversity and Citizenship Education is a brilliant achievement. It addresses with breathtaking sophistication and depth one of most fundamental problems of our times: what is the role of citizenship education in the Millennium of globalization and diversity? Professor Banks has gathered an impressive group of scholars, among the very best in the world, in a volume destined to become the standard reference in the field.”--Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education, Harvard University
and co-director of the Harvard Immigration Projects

“This book brings together cutting edge scholarship on the intersection of multicultural and citizenship education with rich descriptions of the varied meanings and experiences in differing national contexts. It is a fascinating read!”– Carole L. Hahn, Professor of Education, Emory University

“The international authors of Diversity and Citizenship Education tackle knotty problems but leave readers with hope in facing the many challenges that lie ahead if we are serious about promoting justice and equity through education. This terrific and informative book is sure to be of great help to educators.”– Sonia Nieto, School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


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Center for Multicultural EducationThe Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle WA, focuses on research projects and activities designed to improve practice related to equity issues, intergroup relations, and the achievement of students of color. The Center also engages in services and teaching related to its research mission.
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