• Helen Hanna
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Global Citizenship Education and Democracy book series (GCED)


This chapter offers an introduction to the topic of citizenship, citizenship education and the particular challenges faced when dealing with these entities in divided society impacted by conflict. It sets itself against the background of ongoing disputes over ethno-national identity in Northern Ireland and Israel, which were live at the time of the research and which continue to today. It introduces the research on which this book is based and its methods. It introduces the key themes of the findings, which relate to minority group representation and the curriculum content, dealing with difference and the pedagogy of citizenship education, and aims in terms of preparing young people for life in a divided society. It highlights the uniqueness of the book in terms of its qualitative, comparative element. Finally, the chapter sets out the aims and objectives of the book and provides an outline of what it will discuss.


Identity Ethno-national Divided society Comparison Citizenship Citizenship education 



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  • Helen Hanna
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  1. 1.Institute of International and Comparative EducationEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina

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