Thursday, January 06, 2005

On Understanding Citizenship

Individual's understanding of citizenship is developed through various paths. Civic education programs as part of a formal and planned curriculum constitutes a fraction of individual’s awareness of the civics. Informal learning does contribute a major role in shaping people’s awareness of what it is to be a citizen. The hidden curriculum of social and everyday life within and outside of the schooling system provides under-noticed opportunities for individuals to experientially learn about issues of societal concerns, namely social justice, democracy and economic deprivation. This social curriculum is inter-developed out of the realities of socio-economic relations, cultural norms and power structures. State and civil society are the administrators of this curriculum. State’s sponsored rules and regulations determine the format of civil society and civil society’s social practice, in turn, imposes norms and reshapes the state law. Individual’s informal learning is socially situated within this fluid of state-civil society reciprocity. It is individual’s encounter to this mutual dynamics that helps her develop an understanding of citizenship vis-à-vis state and civil society. People's subjective experience in facing the state's rules and civil society's norms constantly (re)configures their perception of what it means to be a citizen.

2 comments:

Bahar said...

Very nicely put!
Could you recommend any books on how stat's policy development impacts the socio-economic relations in a civil society?
If you have published any articles in this regard please let me know.

Sibil said...

This was your Tukhmi paragraph? Give me a break Amoo Behrang!
I would love it if you can elaborate on the reciprocity of influence of state and civil society on ones perception of citizenship. For example within the construct of IRI, some time the state becomes irrelevant, other times the role of civil society is minimal. Write more on this, if you want. We will read.