The Power of Story: Historical Narratives and the Construction of Civic Identity

This chapter builds on the concepts of historical culture and historical consciousness to examine the relationship between history education and civic education, particularly regarding the role of historical narratives in the construction of civic culture and identities understood in the framework of New Civics. New Civics has redefined civic education, expanding the concept of civic action beyond conventional participation in electoral politics. Haste and Bermudez explore how civic engagement processes are situated in particular contexts in which participants establish social interactions and dialogue. The participant is considered an active subject, whether a student learning history or an engaged citizen embedded in cultural practices. Narratives in general, and historical narratives in particular, are considered prime cultural tools for these interactions.