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Promoting A Citizenship Culture John Potter Consultant to CSV
Any future large-scale European action-research project should: -
Take account of the larger democratic and cultural challenges of our time by asking the BIG QUESTIONS   about civic identi...
Make radical links between  education ,  civic government   and   citizenship .
Ensure that citizenship is rooted in  shared experience
1. The Challenge What must we do to survive & flourish?
End of History? September 11 th  shattered the dream. In a moment of iconic violence the assault on the twin towers of the...
   September 11 th The event had radical implications for our British and European understanding of     democracy ,    ...
   1.  ‘War’ on Terrorism The ‘democratic response’ to Sept 11 th  was President George W Bush’s declaration of war on in...
   2. J udge & Jury Bush sought support for his ‘war’ through a series of bilateral discussions in which he was vigorousl...
   3.  H omo sacer The terrorists were portrayed as the new global enemy, stateless international pariahs –  homo sacer  ...
   1   International  versus  global     This concerns  political and legal frames of reference.          Question:  How...
   2    V isceral v.rational 2. Democracy Bridging three tensions    The reaction  to 11 th  September was in part visce...
   3 .  S hared versus conflicting ideologies 2. Democracy Bridging three tensions September 11 th  became associated wit...
   Identity Crisis Since September 11 th  public attitudes both in Europe and the United States have shown a marked and g...
   2  N ew Right In Europe the new right is gaining strength from an evident yearning for a social and cultural identity....
Issues   <ul><li>FEAR : Since September 11 th  public and personal life has been backlit by the  politics of fear. </li></...
Europe 4. Citizenship Europe , Links, Experience Europe has a central task.  It is the only association of states that emb...
Links 4. Citizenship Europe,  Links,  Experience Three strands of citizenship:   In education we have established the link...
Experience 4. Citizenship Europe, Links,  Experience Hearts and Minds:   Arguable the greatest failure of the European Uni...
Common Cause Project Common Cause Aim   Promote a common cause around   democracy, identity  and  citizenship  in three co...
Starting points? Project Common Cause People’s College initiatives A people college is being set up in Scotland and a simi...
Any future large-scale European action-research project should: -   Summary
Take account of the larger democratic and cultural challenges of our time by asking the BIG QUESTIONS   about civic identi...
Make radical links between  education ,  civic government   and   citizenship .
Ensure that citizenship is rooted in  shared experience
Actively explore a partnership project on the theme   Common Cause   for democracy, identity and citizenship
Citizenship In A Participating Democracy   Ukworkshop Jp
Citizenship In A Participating Democracy   Ukworkshop Jp
Citizenship In A Participating Democracy   Ukworkshop Jp
Citizenship In A Participating Democracy   Ukworkshop Jp
Citizenship In A Participating Democracy   Ukworkshop Jp
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  1. 1. Promoting A Citizenship Culture John Potter Consultant to CSV
  2. 2. Any future large-scale European action-research project should: -
  3. 3. Take account of the larger democratic and cultural challenges of our time by asking the BIG QUESTIONS about civic identity in a global polity.
  4. 4. Make radical links between education , civic government and citizenship .
  5. 5. Ensure that citizenship is rooted in shared experience
  6. 6. 1. The Challenge What must we do to survive & flourish?
  7. 7. End of History? September 11 th shattered the dream. In a moment of iconic violence the assault on the twin towers of the World Trade Center tore a hole in any prejudice we might have had that history was at an end and that democratic capitalism necessarily has the last word. 1. The Challenge What must we do to survive & flourish?
  8. 8.  September 11 th The event had radical implications for our British and European understanding of  democracy ,  identity and  citizenship. 1. The Challenge What must we do to survive & flourish?
  9. 9.  1. ‘War’ on Terrorism The ‘democratic response’ to Sept 11 th was President George W Bush’s declaration of war on international terrorism. In this he won the immediate fraternal support of Tony Blair and the British government and the general backing of governments in Europe and the rest of the world. 2. Democracy War on Terrorism
  10. 10.  2. J udge & Jury Bush sought support for his ‘war’ through a series of bilateral discussions in which he was vigorously assisted by Blair. There was minimal parliamentary involvement and little interest using the United Nations as more than a forum in which to muster support for nationally determined policies. 2. Democracy War on Terrorism
  11. 11.  3. H omo sacer The terrorists were portrayed as the new global enemy, stateless international pariahs – homo sacer or ‘unlawful combatants’ - bent on destroying the people and institutions of democratic capitalism. Such enemies must be sought out and destroyed by every possible means. 2. Democracy What must we do to survive & flourish? See: Slavoj Zizek, ‘Are we in a war?’ London Review of Books, 23 May 02
  12. 12.  1 International versus global     This concerns political and legal frames of reference.         Question: How far is it possible to establish a genuinely democratic world order? Issues: the role and status of the UN and the Declaration of Human Rights 2. Democracy Bridging three tensions
  13. 13.  2  V isceral v.rational 2. Democracy Bridging three tensions    The reaction to 11 th September was in part visceral and rooted in past cultural stereotypes. Question: How far are we trapped in our own cultural and emotional history when we are threatened? Issues: The need to: (i)  Find genuine common ground (ii) Identify a distinctive European contribution
  14. 14.  3 . S hared versus conflicting ideologies 2. Democracy Bridging three tensions September 11 th became associated with subsequent ideologically charged events, including the Arab–Israeli conflict, Iraq and Pakistan Question: To what extent is there and could there be ideological synergy (if not agreement) between those who espouse the guiding principles of capitalist democracy and Islamic nationalism? Issue: The need to shape our legal, political and cultural institutions to deal with this question at the national, regional and global level.
  15. 15.  Identity Crisis Since September 11 th public attitudes both in Europe and the United States have shown a marked and growing concern for national identity. The political stance of the Bush administration has been echoed by a wave of American patriotism. 3. Identity What kind of people are we?
  16. 16.  2 N ew Right In Europe the new right is gaining strength from an evident yearning for a social and cultural identity. This is focused on a revival of an inward looking patriotism rooted in love of country and a hatred of its enemies within and beyond its borders. 3. Identity What kind of people are we?
  17. 17. Issues <ul><li>FEAR : Since September 11 th public and personal life has been backlit by the politics of fear. </li></ul><ul><li>UNAWARES: These events have caught us unawares . We have neither the institutions nor the habits of mind and heart to cope effectively with these challenges. </li></ul><ul><li>CITIZENSHIP: In a participating democracy, these issues are intimately tied up with our understanding of our roles, rights and responsibilities as citizens. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Europe 4. Citizenship Europe , Links, Experience Europe has a central task. It is the only association of states that embraces peoples from erstwhile communist as well as capitalist states. It has a unique set of relationships with newly democratic and post-industrial regimes throughout the world. Potentially at least – it will have Muslim membership as well as Judaeo-Christian and secular regimes.
  19. 19. Links 4. Citizenship Europe, Links, Experience Three strands of citizenship: In education we have established the links between community involvement, social and moral responsibility & political literacy (Crick Reports) Partnership: In many places we are building citizenship partnerships between education, local government, business and the community. Citizenship entitlement in higher education: In Universities like York there are accredited citizenship programmes available to all students Social & moral responsibility Community involvement Political literacy
  20. 20. Experience 4. Citizenship Europe, Links, Experience Hearts and Minds: Arguable the greatest failure of the European Union has been its palpable failure to engage the hearts and minds of the vast majority of its citizens. Shared experience: Ensure that citizenship is rooted in shared experience, particularly between individuals and groups from those cultures who, on the face of it, appear most deeply opposed to one-another.
  21. 21. Common Cause Project Common Cause Aim Promote a common cause around democracy, identity and citizenship in three continents and six countries <ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Support, research and disseminate salient models of democratic participation in each country </li></ul><ul><li>Share approaches, underlying values and strategies for success </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and disseminate the implications for public policy </li></ul>
  22. 22. Starting points? Project Common Cause People’s College initiatives A people college is being set up in Scotland and a similar initiative is taking place in England European Research Surrey University research into Education, Training, Governance and Citizenship in five European countries. (Possible follow on?) Local Partnerships Linking education with democracy and community Development
  23. 23. Any future large-scale European action-research project should: - Summary
  24. 24. Take account of the larger democratic and cultural challenges of our time by asking the BIG QUESTIONS about civic identity in a global polity.
  25. 25. Make radical links between education , civic government and citizenship .
  26. 26. Ensure that citizenship is rooted in shared experience
  27. 27. Actively explore a partnership project on the theme Common Cause for democracy, identity and citizenship
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