Dilemmas of Culture in African Schools: Youth, Nationalism, and the Transformation of Knowledge Cati Coe

ISBN: 9780226111315

Published: November 1st 2005

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232 pages


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Dilemmas of Culture in African Schools: Youth, Nationalism, and the Transformation of Knowledge  by  Cati Coe

Dilemmas of Culture in African Schools: Youth, Nationalism, and the Transformation of Knowledge by Cati Coe
November 1st 2005 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 232 pages | ISBN: 9780226111315 | 7.53 Mb

In working to build a sense of nationhood, Ghana has focused on many social engineering projects, the most meaningful and fascinating of which has been the states effort to create a national culture through its schools. As Cati Coe reveals in MoreIn working to build a sense of nationhood, Ghana has focused on many social engineering projects, the most meaningful and fascinating of which has been the states effort to create a national culture through its schools.

As Cati Coe reveals in Dilemmas of Culture in African Schools, this effort has created an unusual paradox: while Ghana encourages its educators to teach about local cultural traditions, those traditions are transformed as they are taught in school classrooms.

The state version of culture now taught by educators has become objectified and nationalized—vastly different from local traditions.Coe identifies the states limitations in teaching cultural knowledge and discusses how Ghanaians negotiate the tensions raised by the competing visions of modernity that nationalism and Christianity have created.

She reveals how cultural curricula affect authority relations in local social organizations—between teachers and students, between Christians and national elite, and between children and elders—and raises several questions about educational processes, state-society relations, the production of knowledge, and the making of Ghanas citizenry.



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