Charting the Paradox of a Miscourse: how a monomial ethic for state-driven citizenship education pluralizes civic consciousness among young Pakistanis in Lahore
This work-in-progress is based on a year of fieldwork among students of two public higher secondary (high school) schools in Lahore, Pakistan between August 2013 and August 2014. The focus of the research is an answer to the broader question of what it
means to be young and Pakistani today. Specifically, this writing teases out the different means through which students make sense of being Pakistani and living in the country, as it struggles to come to terms with a national conscience. Related to this question is that of how student voices fit in the wider educational discourse of, and informing, citizenship construction in a Pakistani setting.
Soufia Siddiqi is a Pakistani Rhodes Scholar currently reading for her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Oxford.