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The Narrative Approach to Civic Education

  • Ingo Juchler
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Abstract

Political reality has always been reflected in literature. In this introductory chapter, Prof. Juchler shows that political issues embedded in narrative literature can contribute effectively to a deeper understanding of real-world politics. Narratives studied in school- and college-level civic education stimulate the independent critical thinking that empowers young people to resist the simplistic perspectives of political demagoguery and the Manichaean world views of political and religious extremists. Juchler argues further that critical familiarity with narrative literature prepares civic education students to grasp and accept the plurality of values. This background engages their sympathies for the openness of pluralist democracies while sharpening their eye for the restrictive and repressive nature of all forms of dictatorship, absolutist ideology, and fundamentalism.

Keywords

Civic Education Absolutist Ideology Manichean World View Independent Critical Thinking Tragedy Antigone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingo Juchler
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  1. 1.University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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