On citizenship and citizenship education: a Levantine approach and reimagining Israel/Palestine

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This article argues in favor of a Levantine approach to citizenship and citizenship education. A Levantine approach calls for some sort of Mediterranean regionalism, which accommodates and promotes overlapping and shared sovereignties and jurisdiction, multiple loyalties, and regional integration. It transcends the paradigmatic statist model of citizenship by recasting the relationship between territoriality, national identity, sovereignty, and citizenship in complex, multilayered and disaggregated constellations. As the case of Israel/Palestine demonstrates, this new approach goes beyond multicultural accommodation and territorial partition. It proposes, among other things, extending the political and territorial boundaries of citizenship to take all the territory between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River as one unit of analysis belonging to a larger region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)802-819
Number of pages18
JournalCitizenship Studies
Issue number6-7
StatePublished - 18 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Israel/Palestine
  • Levantine citizenship
  • accommodation
  • civic education
  • partition


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