Research Agenda for 2021: Part One (Civics and Citizenship)

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So for 2021, now that I am starting to find myself more comfortable at UTS, I think that it’s time to really start applying myself with some dedication to my research agenda. This is going to be complicated by the increased amount of teaching that I am required to do, but I think that I…

Franken-citizens, Washington and Domestic Terrorism

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As with many other people, I’ve been watching the events unfolding in Washington with a mixture of anxiety and concern. While the situation remains confused, I thought it would be worthwhile noting some initial thoughts and observations about what took place, and also making some suggestions as to what that means for civic educators like…

Some thoughts on The New Despotism by John Keane

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This will be a series of blog posts that I am writing to assist me in the work of developing my understanding of civics and citizenship education. Basically, I want to engage in a critical analysis, as it pertains to my interest in civics and citizenship education, of some of the key scholars in a…

Some reflections on Banal Nationalism by Michael Billig (1995)

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Billig, M. (1995). Banal Nationalism. Springer. Introduction societies that maintain armies – belief that some things are more valuable than life itself. What is valued – changes in times. Sometimes, these causes, after time has passed, seem trivial. This reflects a shifting balance of priorities. Great causes today – different. So is the scale of…