AbstractThis Special Issue concentrates on key aspects which explore the ramifications of the the roots of Citizenship and Citizenship Education, with particular reference to developments since the last JME Special Issue on Citizenship and Diversity (edited by Robin Richardson, 1992, 21(3)). Whilst it may be taken for granted that the personal and the political dimensions of citizenship are mutually intertwined, their sourcing and nurturing deserve close examination if effective education and action are to follow. The Special Issue is driven also by an acute sense of a world bent on self‐ destruction especially at this point in time, August 2006. This is not a new phenomenon. It has probably ever been thus. But the film and television cameras were not there before the last hundred years to bring the scale of mutual destruction directly into people's homes. Now, the nightmare brutality of humans ‘red in tooth and claw’ with each other is the wakeful reality. The deadliness of it all is presently at its most blatant in the events of the Middle East with their terrible effects on Palestinian, Israeli and Lebanese populations. For some, these and other conflicts are all the fault of militant Islam as manifest in Iraq, in bombings in Bali, London and New York. But there is no Muslim ingredient in the killings by Sinhalese and Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, any more than there was in Cambodia with Pol Pot, in Russia under Stalin, or in Germany under Hitler. And yet there were and are deeply held convictions, and there is conflict over them when their ethnic or nationalist forms take on the force of an absolutised religious fixation.
Gates, Brian (2006) Where is the moral in Citizenship Education? Journal of Moral Education, 35 (4). pp. 437-441.