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The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.

Gender and Citizenship
Gender and citizenship
Introduction

The history of the formation of liberal democratic nation states is linked to the formation of citizens – citizenship refers to membership of such a state. Generally, children are assigned citizenship at birth. This membership confers rights, duties and responsibilities, although some of these rights are related to age, so that, for example, the right to vote is available to those citizens who are deemed adults. In this context, children and young people are often thought to be in the process of becoming, as citizens-to-be. However, children do have all the rights of a citizen unless otherwise stated (such as regarding age of consent or consumption of alcohol). Thus, school students should be able to exercise agency over their own ...

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