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    Discourse, Narrative, and National Identity

    The Case of France

    Kyle A. Greenwalt
    France provides an ideal context for beginning to understand how schooling affects students’ understanding of their national identity. In this article, Kyle Greenwalt examines the discursive practices through which a group of French secondary students constructed their national identity. Following an appraisal of the historiographical literature of nineteenth-century French nation-building, the author proceeds with a phenomenological analysis of the discourses students used to make sense of their lived experiences with teachers and schooling. Greenwalt evaluates the continued presence and salience of traditional versions of French national identity, suggesting the need to reconsider the relationships among social solidarity, pluralism, and national identity and calling into question the contemporary relevance of  structural representations of the nation-state.

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    Kyle A. Greenwalt is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. His work analyzes the intersections of popular culture, public schooling, and the performance of professional and civic identities. Kyle has published in such journals as Teaching and Teacher Education and Education and Culture and is currently finishing work on a book, The School as a Site of Memory: Public Schooling, Nationalism, and Educational Reform. Prior to his appointment at Michigan State University, Kyle taught social studies in northern Minnesota and EFL in eastern Hungary.

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    Fall 2009 Issue

    Abstracts

    Suspending Damage
    A Letter to Communities
    Eve Tuck
    “They’re in My Culture, They Speak the Same Way”
    African American Language in Multiethnic High Schools
    Django Paris
    The Effects of Stereotype Threat on Standardized Mathematics Test Performance and Cognitive Processing
    Keena Arbuthnot
    High School Research and Critical Literacy
    Social Studies With and Despite Wikipedia
    Houman Harouni
    Discourse, Narrative, and National Identity
    The Case of France
    Kyle A. Greenwalt

    Book Notes

    My Most Excellent Year
    Steven Kluger

    Outliers
    Malcolm Gladwell

    Muslim American Youth
    Selcuk R. Sirin and Michelle Fine

    Chameleon
    Charles R. Smith Jr.

    Teach Freedom
    Charles Payne and Carol Sills Strickland