Global Citizenship, Common Wealth and Uncommon Citizenships

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This set of essays critically analyze global citizenship by bringing together leading ideas about citizenship and the commons in this time that both needs and resists a global perspective on issues and relations. Education plays a significant role in how we come to address these issues and this volume will contribute to ensuring that equity, global citizenship, and the common wealth provide platforms from which we might engage in transformational, collective work. The authors address the global significance of debates and struggles about belonging and abjection, solidarity and rejection, identification and othering, as well as love and hate.

Global citizenship, as a concept and a practice, is now being met with a dangerous call for insularism and a protracted ethno-nationalism based on global economic imperialism, movements for white supremacy and miscegenation, various forms of religious extremism, and identity politics, but which antithetically, also comes from the anti-globalization movement focused on building strong, sustainable communities. We see a taming of citizens that contributes to the taming of what we understand as the public sphere and the commons, the places of cultural, natural, and intellectual resources that are shared and not privately owned. The work of global citizenship education is distinguishable from the processes of a deadly globalization or destruction of the world that responds to the interlocking issues that make life on the planet precarious for human and non-humans everywhere (albeit an unequal precarity).

This book is an invitation into a conversation that explores and makes visible some of the hidden chasms of oppression and inequity in the world. It is meant to provoke both argument and activism as we work to secure common spaces that are broadly life-sustaining.

Contributors are: Ali A. Abdi, Sung Kyung Ahn, Chouaib El Bouhali, Xochilt Hernández, Carrie Karsgaard, Marlene McKay, Michael O’Sullivan, Christina Palech, Karen Pashby, Karen J. Pheasant-Neganigwane, Thashika Pillay, Ashley Rerrie, Grace J. Rwiza, Toni Samek, Lynette Shultz, Harry Smaller, Crain Soudien, Derek Tannis, and Irene Friesen Wolfstone.
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Biographical Note

Lynette Shultz, PhD, is Associate Dean, International, and Director of the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. She has published widely on the topics of education policy, democracy, social justice, and global citizenship with a particular focus on decolonialism and the geo-politics of knowledge. She teaches courses on the topics of internationalization, global governance and education policy, and global citizenship education at the University of Alberta and the Universidade Católica de Brasilia where she is an Adjunct Associate Professor.

Thashika Pillay has a PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Alberta. She has extensive teaching experience in K-12 and higher education, having taught in Canada, Australia, and Ethiopia. Her scholarship focuses on issues related to educational policy, migration studies, critical and anticolonial feminisms, community engagement and anti-racist pedagogies. Her work engages issues of social and cognitive justice, critical global citizenship and Indigenous knowledge systems and aims to recentre marginalized knowledges and perspectives.

Table of contents

1. Global Citizenship, Common Wealth, and Uncommon Citizenships: An Introduction
Lynette Shultz and Thashika Pillay
2. The Contradictions of International Education and International Development: Counter-Eurocentric Perspectives
Ali A. Abdi
3. Aboriginal Women, Uncommon Citizens
Marlene E. McKay
4. Cycles of Learning and Unlearning through Literary Study: Reading Marginalized Experience Narratives for Critical Global Citizenship Education
Carrie Karsgaard
5. The Scholarship of Engagement: Moving Higher Education from Isolated Islands to an Inclusive Space
Grace Rwiza and Chouaib El Bouhali
6. Seeking “Global Citizenship” in Graduate Library and Information Studies Education
Toni Samek and Christina Palech
7. The Role of Host Villages in Fostering Cosmopolitan Values among ISL Participants
Harry Smaller, Michael O’Sullivan, Xochilt Hernández and Ashley Rerrie
8. Security in a World of Strangers: Exploring the Lived Meaning of Help Giving to International Students
Derek Tannis
9. Southern Struggles over “Knowing” and Their Significance for the Politics of Global Citizenship
Crain Soudien
10. Dance for Change: Seeking Tribal Citizenship and Identity
Karen J. Pheasant-Neganigwane
11. Global Citizenship Education as a UNESCO Key Theme: More of the Same or Opportunities for Thinking ‘Otherwise’?
Karen Pashby
12. Citizenship and Education for Adult Newcomers
Sung Kyung Ahn
13. Transgressive Learning: Journey to Becoming Ecocentric
Irene Friesen Wolfstone

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Educators, activists and policy makers will be interested. Practitioners and researchers concerned with the work of global citizenship education.

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