Current Institutional Affiliation
Professor, Education and Sociology, American University

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 2000
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Sociology, University of Michigan
Learning to Belong: Citizenship, Schooling and National Identity in Contemporary Germany

Processes of globalization, regional integration in the EU, and German unification have unsettled and transformed citizenship identity for individuals and groups throughout Europe. Using Germany as a case study, my working hypothesis is that nation-wide economic and social transformation impacts various segments of local populations in different ways, such that citizenship is selectively reframed and transformed. For example, I hypothesize that gendered interpretations of citizenship further intersect with young people's life chances and employment prospects, influencing the emergence of radical right movements among lower-middle-class boys. I use civic education, broadly defined, as a lens through which to understand the impact of economic and social change on political citizenship and civic engagement. My research design is organized to identify and analyze differences in citizenship identity among students and teachers in four vocational schools, through qualitative case-studies. I will supplement this research with the analysis of existing survey research data on student and teacher feelings about civic education and citizenship.