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Empowering Young People through Conflict and Conciliation

Title: Empowering Young People through Conflict and Conciliation: Attending to the Political and Agonism in Democratic Education.
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Name(s): Lo, Jane C., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2017
Physical Form: computer
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Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Deliberative models of democratic education encourage the discussion of controversial issues in the classroom (e.g., Hess, 2009); however, they tend to curtail conflicts for the sake of consensus. Agonism, on the other hand, can help support the deliberative model by attending to antagonism in productive ways (Ruitenberg, 2009). In this paper, I present how agonistic deliberation (the infusion of agonism into deliberation) can work as an account of the political that may help empower young people. The paper presents two classic democratic classroom practices—structured academic controversy (SAC) and debate—together as examples of how agonistic deliberation can help students engage politically. This paper suggests that while deliberation can help students learn about political participation, agonistic deliberation (with its focus on conflict) has the potential to help students harness social frustrations into political action.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493683879 (IID)
Keywords: Social engagement
Preferred Citation: Lo, J. C. (2017). Empowering Young People through Conflict and Conciliation: Attending to the Political and Agonism in Democratic Education. Democracy and Education, 25 (1), Article 2. Available at: http://democracyeducationjournal.org/home/vol25/iss1/2.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493683879
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Democracy & Education.
Issue: iss. 1, vol. 25

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Lo, J. C. (2017). Empowering Young People through Conflict and Conciliation: Attending to the Political and Agonism in Democratic Education. Democracy & Education. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493683879