Nation-building, identity and citizenship education: Introduction
Zajda, J. (2009). Nation-building, identity and citizenship education: Introduction. In J. Zajda, H. Daun, L.J. Saha (Eds.), Nation-Building, Identity and Citizenship Education: Cross Cultural Perspectives (pp. 1-11). Dordrecht, The Netherlands : Springer.
In examining a complex interplay between nation-building, social identity, and citizenship education globally we need to draw on comparative and international discourses concerning other cultures (Stromquist & Monkman, 2000; Chabbott & Elliott, 2002; Biraimah, 2005; Saha, 2005; Zajda, Majhanovich, & Rust, 2006; Zajda, Davies, & Majhanovich, 2008). One such attempt was the book Understanding Others, Education Ourselves (Chabbott & Elliott, 2002, p. 9), where it is argued that comparative and international discourses surrounding other cultures can often lead us to â€˜identify and question beliefs and assumptions that are taken for grantedâ€™, by â€˜making the familiar strangeâ€™ and the â€˜strange familiarâ€™, and questioning the â€˜universalityâ€™ of our beliefs and assumptions. This is a good and pragmatic starting point for our analysis of the nexus between nation-building, identity, and citizenship education. At the core of our discussion is the very notion of national identity and its ongoing social and political transformation in the global culture.