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Pedagogies of agonistic democracy and citizenship education

Sant, Edda ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7907-5907, McDonnell, Jane ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7482-748X, Pashby, Karen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9967-8262 and Menendez Alvarez-Hevia, David (2021) Pedagogies of agonistic democracy and citizenship education. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 16 (3). pp. 227-244. ISSN 1746-1979

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Abstract

Concerned about the limits of normative deliberative pedagogies, we designed and organized a workshop to explore to possibilities of an agonistic pedagogy for global citizenship education. We brought together a range of participants including national and international primary and university students, researchers and curriculum developers and we created pedagogical activities in which disagreement was fostered. We aimed to normalize conflict, create channels for the expression of political emotions and generate opportunities for the emergence of new subjectivities. Our findings suggest that the plurality of participants and the conflict-orientated pedagogies facilitated the normalization of conflict, the participants’ affective engagement with Others and the creation of new subjectivities. They also indicate that older participants had less positive attitudes towards conflict-orientated pedagogies and discussions on abstract topics did not foster ‘affective’ engagement. We examine potential implications for further educational research and practice considering the singularities of this project.

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