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    “I Was Born Here, but My Home, It’s Not Here”

    Educating for Democratic Citizenship in an Era of Transnational Migration and Global Conflict

    Thea Renda Abu El-Haj
    HER 9-11In this article, Thea Renda Abu El-Haj shares her research on how a group of Palestinian American high school youth understand themselves as members of the U.S. community, of the Palestinian American community, and of communities in Palestine. She argues that, for these youth, coming to terms with who they are has a great deal to do both with how they view themselves and how Palestinian Americans are viewed in the imagined community of the United States, especially after September 11, 2001. Her research reports on the tensions these youth face as they deal with school issues, like pledging allegiance to the U.S. flag, teacher harassment, and disciplinary sanctions related to being framed as “terrorists,” that affect how they think about citizenship and belonging. Given the complex way these and other youth experience belonging, Abu El-Haj ends with a call for a greater commitment to, and a more nuanced understanding of, citizenship education.

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    Thea Renda Abu El-Haj is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research focuses on transnational immigration and citizenship education, concepts of educational justice manifest in policy and practice, and critical analyses of race, gender, class, and disability in schooling. She recently published Elusive Justice: Wrestling with Difference and Educational Equity in Everyday Practice (2006), and “Race, Politics, and Arab American Youth: Shifting Frameworks for Conceptualizing Educational Equity” in Educational Policy (2006).


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    Fall 2007 Issue

    Abstracts

    Legal Literacy for Teachers
    A Neglected Responsibility
    David Schimmel and Matthew Militello
    “I Was Born Here, but My Home, It’s Not Here”
    Educating for Democratic Citizenship in an Era of Transnational Migration and Global Conflict
    Thea Renda Abu El-Haj
    Surveillance Cameras in Schools
    An Ethical Analysis
    Bryan R. Warnick
    Symposium
    Voices for Peace: Educators Respond to the Virginia Tech Shootings

    Book Notes

    Lenses on Literacy Coaching
    By Cathy Toll

    To Remain an Indian
    By K. Tsianina Lomawaima and Teresa L. McCarty

    Self-Taught
    By Heather Andrea Williams

    Unfinished Business
    Edited by Pedro A. Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing