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Civil Enculturation: Nation-State, School and Ethnic Difference in The Netherlands, Britain, Germany, and France

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Civil Enculturation

Nation-State, School and Ethnic Difference in The Netherlands, Britain, Germany, and France

Edited by Werner Schiffauer, Gerd Baumann†, Riva Kastoryano and Steven Vertovec

256 pages, 10 illus., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-594-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (March 2004)

ISBN  978-1-57181-595-8 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (December 2005)

eISBN 978-1-78238-723-7 eBook

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“The result is a truly innovative approach to contrasting ideas and practices of building civil cultures.”  ·  Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


For several years now, the concepts of 'civil culture' and 'civil society' have been widely discussed in the social sciences. Theoretically innovative and empirically rich, this volume is one of few studies that offer solid and focused ethnographic research on how the tenets and assumptions of civil culture are inculcated in schools. The authors examined school curricula, texts and pedagogical practices, observed daily interaction within the schools and outside, and conducted numerous interviews and discussion groups. The experience of students from Turkish backgrounds in the four countries was given special attention, thus offering valuable insights into the changing dynamics of nation-state civil cultures in multicultural societies.

Werner Schiffauer is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the European University, Viadrina, Frankfurt, Germany.

Gerd Baumann was Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.

Riva Kastoryano is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in International Studies (CNRS), Paris.

Steven Vertovec is Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

Subject: Educational Studies
Area: Europe Germany



Introduction: Nation-state, Schools and Civil Enculturation
Gerd Baumann


Chapter 1. The School as a Place in its Social Space
Gerd Baumann and Thijl Sunier

Chapter 2. Representing the Nation in History Textbooks
Werner Schiffauer and Thijl Sunier

Chapter 3. Taxonomies of Cultural Difference: Constructions of Otherness
Sabine Mannitz and Werner Schiffauer

Chapter 4. The Place of Religion in Four Civil Cultures
Sabine Mannitz

Chapter 5. Muslim Headscarves in Four Nation-states and Schools
Beate Collet


Chapter 6. National Language and Mother Tongue
Thijl Sunier

Chapter 7. Regimes of Discipline and Civil Conduct in Berlin and Paris
Sabine Mannitz

Chapter 8. Argumentative Strategies
Thijl Sunier

Chapter 9. Pupils’ Negotiations of Cultural Difference: Identity Management and Discursive Assimilation
Sabine Mannitz

Epilogue: Limitations, Convergence and Cross-overs
Sabine Mannitz

Notes on Contributors

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