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Civic Education in the Age of Mass Migration

Implications for Theory and Practice

Angela M. Banks James A. Banks

160 pages
Teachers College Press

This important book offers an inclusive approach to preparing students to be responsible participants in a democratic society. Civic education generally operates through the lens of citizenship, where students learn what good citizenship is and what good citizens do. Yet the citizenship lens fails to identify the wide range of schoolchildren and their families who participate in economic, political, and social life. Civic Education in the Age of Mass Migration examines the exclusionary aspects of citizenship and offers democratic societies an alternative approach that includes all long-term residents regardless of citizenship and immigration status. Banks reimagines a civic education curriculum that gives secondary students the knowledge and skills needed to move the United States toward a more perfect union.

Book Features:

  • A brief overview of the history of civic education and why citizenship status and immigration status should be explicitly addressed.
  • An examination of the economic, political, and social forces shaping immigration law.
  • A new way to conceptualize membership based on three principles: popular sovereignty, participation, and the jus nexi principle.
  • Classroom activities and discussion questions to help civic educators incorporate the idea of citizenship boundaries into their curriculum.
Author Bio

Angela M. Banks is the Charles J. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University.