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Political Literacy in the Migration Society.An ethnographic study of political practice in schools (8th grade) in the cities of Berlin, Vienna, and Zurich

English title Political Literacy in the Migration Society.An ethnographic study of political practice in schools (8th grade) in the cities of Berlin, Vienna, and Zurich
Applicant Reichenbach Roland
Number 170371
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Education and learning sciences, subject-specific education
Start/End 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2020
Approved amount 359'226.00
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Keywords (14)

Migration Society; Political Literacy; Global Cities; School; Participation; Democracy; School; Democracy; Participation; Migration Society; Global Cities; Political Literacy; Bildung; Political Education

Lay Summary (German)

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Welche politisch bedeutsamen Erfahrungen hinsichtlich der Thematik Migrationsgesellschaft machen Schülerinnen und Schüler der achten Klassen in den Städten Berlin, Wien und Zürich? Welche Ausdrucksformen finden sie dafür? Welchen Stellenwert haben diese Bemühungen und damit verbundene Interaktions- und Reflexionsprozesse im Rahmen ihrer politischen Bildung?
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Im Forschungsprojekt werden Formen politischer Artikulation von Schüler/innen (der 8. Schulklasse) ausgewählter Schulen der Städte Berlin, Wien und Zürich mit Hilfe ethnographischer Forschungsstrategien untersucht. Da migrationsgesellschaftliche Verhältnisse als epochaltypische Schlüsselprobleme der Gegenwart betrachtet werden können, wird der Fokus auf Artikulationsformen in Bezug auf migrationsgesellschaftliche Verhältnisse gelegt. Ziel des Forschungsprojekts ist es, die Untersuchung politischer Artikulation von Schüler/innen so anzulegen, dass Formen von Political Literacy, ihre sozialen (Ermöglichungs-)Bedingungen und ihre Effekte empirisch und theoretisch ersichtlich werden. Literacy wird dabei im Sinne der New Literacies-Tradition als soziale Praxis gefasst, die durch lokale wie übergeordnete Kontextbedingungen vorstrukturiert wird. Deshalb wird Political Literacy zunächst allgemein als kontextrelationale politische Artikulationspraxis verstanden, welche sich durch ein bestimmtes Wissen über politische Sachverhalte, den Grad der erfahrungsbezogenen Selbstreflexion über diese Sachverhalte sowie das Eintreten für angemessene politische Standpunkte (»postkommunitäre Solidarität«) auszeichnet. Diese formale wie normative Qualifizierung von Political Literacy folgt der bildungstheoretischen Einsicht, dass Bildung immer ein normatives Moment inhärent ist.

Das Projekt wird durchgeführt in Kooperation der Universitäten Oldenburg (Prof. Dr. Paul Mecheril), Innsbruck (Prof. Dr. Erol Yildiz) und Zürich (Prof. Dr. Roland Reichenbach).

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Abstract

What do students think and know politically about transnational migration? Which individual and collective positions do they experience in their everyday contexts constituted by phenomena of transnational migration? How do they refer analytically and normatively to the fact that migration of people and cultural lifestyles is one of the key issues of contemporary reality in Europe? The research project Political Literacy in the Migration Society (PLiM) will investigate the forms of political articulation of students in the eighth grade at selected schools in the cities of Berlin, Vienna, and Zurich by means of ethnographic research strategies. Insofar phenomena of transnational migration are most influential for societal urban life, being educated with regard to issues of the (world) migration society is surely not the only, but one fundamental political demand of our times.Within the analytical framework established through the complementary analysis of the ‘Gamma Global Immigrant Cities’ Berlin, Vienna, and Zurich (Benton-Short et al. 2005), the focus of the project is on such forms and types of political articulation that could be identified as political literacy.The analysis of the political articulation of students is designed so that forms of political literacy, their interactive (enabling) conditions, and their effects will become empirically and theoretically evident. Literacy is understood in the sense of the New Literacies tradition (Street/Lefstein 2007) as the context-sensitive handling of linguistically formulated questions and representations of social reality. Against this background, political literacy (PL) can be understood as a particular practice of context-relational political articulation. It is characterised by knowledge of political issues, a degree of experiential self-reflection relating to this knowledge, as well as arguing appropriate political standpoints. One of the primary goals of the project is to contribute to a differentiated explication of this initial understanding of PL in the migration society.The state of research relevant for this project encompasses the following set of subjects: migrationsociety related realities in global cities (A), schools in migration societies and political education (B), as well as political education and PL (C). The research relevant to this study will be outlined and linked to the author’s own previous works. In the course of the following discussion, the central questions of the research project will be introduced.
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