Citizenship and Political Education Today by Jack Demaine (eds.)

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Social cohesion is shown as being based on commitment to the fundamental principles of the Republic, freedom, equality and solidarity. The early pages of the book contain several colour pictures showing black people and minorities identifying with the national flag, and indeed proudly representing the nation. The multiethnic French football team’s victory in the 1998 World Cup is portrayed as demonstrating the integrative capacity of the Republic. The Republic is characterized as ‘indivisible’, which means that citizens are guaranteed equality before the law.

The danger here is that those not deemed to be active citizens, taking on their share of citizenship responsibilities, may be stigmatized. 16 Citizenship and Political Education Today One recommendation in the Crick Report is for the establishment of Community Forums to assist involvement with the local community. These would include: All those with an interest in citizenship education: community leaders, elected representatives, faith groups, the police, teachers, parents and governors, among others, as well as young people (Advisory Group on Citizenship, 1998: 26).

Heterosexual masculinity becomes defined through their opposite that is, its negative relationship with the feminine and the homosexual. These cultural features become ‘Other’ as heterosexual masculinity seeks to produce a view of itself as objective, disinterested and self-controlled. Yet as many cultural critics have remarked homophobia actually implies the existence of the homoerotic (Buchbinder, 1998). Homophobia is not just the reaction of ‘straight men’ to homosexuality, but the possibility that homoeroticism may connect the masculine to homosexuality.

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