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Fifi the Punishing Cat and Other Civic Lessons from a Lebanese Public Kindergarten School

Authors: Abu El-Haj, Thea Renda
Kaloustian, Garene
Wesley Bonet, Sally
Chatila, Samira
Keywords: civic education;kindergarten;Lebanon;refugees;play
Issue Date: Aug-2018
Publisher: Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
Citation: Abu El-Haj, Thea Renda, Garene Kaloustian, Sally Wesley Bonet, and Samira Chatila. 2018. “Fifi the Punishing Cat and Other Civic Lessons from a Lebanese Public Kindergarten School.” Journal on Education in Emergencies 4 (1): 13-44.
Series/Report no.: Volume 4;Issue 1
Abstract: Across the world, education is tasked with rebuilding societies torn apart by violent conflict and riven by economic injustice. In this article, we focus on kindergarten education in the vulnerable, conflict-ridden Lebanese context. However, rather than analyzing the academic learning offered to the children, we consider the affective civic education they are getting through the everyday practices in their classrooms and schools and explore their agency within this social world. By affective civic education we mean the ways that children, even those as young as three to five, are developing embodied messages about their public place as citizen-subjects: about belonging and/or exclusion; about how they are expected to relate to power and authority; and about how to act within and on their social world. Thus, we analyze how children are educated into the affective, lived dimensions of citizenship and belonging.
ISSN: 2518-6833
Rights: The Journal on Education in Emergencies, published by the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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