Citizenship Education and Narratives of Pedagogy

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This paper argues that the concept of the ‘pedagogical state’ (Hunter, 1994; Kaplan, 2007) can be employed to better understand the cultural practices of governing through pedagogical means, and the evolving pedagogical relationship between state and citizen. The introduction of statutory Citizenship Education lessons in secondary schools in England in 2002 is used as case through which to develop the idea of the pedagogical state. It is argued that Citizenship Education makes manifest practices of citizen-formation, opens up a space in which teachers and pupils actively negotiate the tensions between freedom and government, and evokes a response which is often characterised by public scepticism. In this sense, it is inadequate to identify educational reforms and resultant citizen subjectivities as straightforwardly neoliberal without paying attention to the deeper and wider characteristics of pedagogical power.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGoverning Through Pedagogy
Subtitle of host publicationRe-educating Citizens
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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