Cultural Citizenship and Educational Democracy

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The term cultural citizenship is a deliberate oxymoron, a pair of words that do not go together comfortably. Cultural citizenship refers to the right to be different and to belong in a participatory democratic sense. It claims that, in a democracy, social justice calls for equity among all citizens, even when such differences as race, religion, class, gender, or sexual orientation potentially could be used to make certain people less equal or inferior to others. The notion of belonging means full membership in a group and the ability to influence one's destiny by having a significant voice in basic decisions (402).

Rosaldo, R. "Cultural Citizenship and Educational Democracy." Cultural Anthropology 9.3(1994): 402–411.

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