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Social Philosophy Today

Volume 31, 2015

Power, Protest, and the Future of Democracy

David J. Leichter
Pages 169-175

The Politics of Civic Education
Commentary on Meira Levinson’s No Citizen Left Behind

Meira Levinson’s No Citizen Left Behind addresses how the unequal distribution of economic, cultural, and political power along socioeconomic and racial lines affects civic engagement and democratic participation. In order to address this gap, Levinson develops a critical pedagogy that encourages teachers and students to recognize the ways that identity and ideology are intertwined. After briefly reviewing some of the considerations that frame her book, I suggest that her account of an engaged civic pedagogy could be further strengthened by considering how non-traditional forms of protest make possible new forms of solidarity.

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