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Education and Citizenship between Decline of Charisma and Need of Educational Anchoring

TitleEducation and Citizenship between Decline of Charisma and Need of Educational Anchoring
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsColombo M
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Date Published02/2016
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2035-4983
Keywordsanchorage, charisma, Education, teachers’ legitimacy

This essay first discusses the meaning character education can still have in a late modern society, given the current crisis of definite educational purposes, particularly of the moral dimension of education. The author goes on to explain how such a loss of meaning could be traced back to some sort of ‘loss of charisma’ within the educational domain – a hard social fact that has to do both with norms and values and with teachers’ authority and role. Finally, the essay argues for the need of ‘anchorage’ by young people, and articulates the way such a need becomes manifest in the process of identity building, particularly in the public sphere.