Othering

"Giving young people the skills to make a difference"


Is Citizenship Education itself promoting an idea of "Us" and "Them"? Audrey Osler from Buskerud and Vestfold University College in Norway raises this question and claims: We need Citizenship Education that gives people the skills to make the difference. And to understand the crisis we are facing.

 

Words have power!


"We need to work on new terms that are more precise", claims Asiem El Difraoui. As part of the Focus Group "Exchange between Europe and North Africa" he encourages self-reflection, also inside the NECE network.

Let's move forward!


The NECE conference 2015 has begun! Its challenging slogan: “'Us' and ‘Them': Citizenship Education in an Interdependent World”. The opening session shows: The European crisis brings changes to society, politics, education. Citizenship Education has to adapt.

Othering: Defining 'Us' vs. 'Them'


Pegida Frankfurt

In a sense, othering is not a new phenomenon. People have at all times defined themselves in contrast to other cultures, values, customs and, well, people. However, in recent years the process of othering has become an increasingly predominant phenomenon throughout Europe - occuring inside, as well as between European societies. Immigrants vs. natives, East vs. West, Christian vs. Muslim, left- vs. right-wing: The conflict lines are manifold and are becoming more extreme. Othering, it seems, is gradually eroding the possibilities for finding common ground. On the contrary, it serves as a mobilizing, meaningful force to identify a common cause, a common foe.

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