Global Citizenship Education

Modern Individualism under the Test of Cosmopolitanism


Global citizenship education is an essential topic in an increasingly interconnected world. Indeed the need for inclusive and globally conscious education, embedded in cosmopolitanism, is recognised as a way to prepare individuals to navigate diverse cultures, address global challenges, and actively participate in a globalised world.

Being both scientific and political, these challenges require an interdisciplinary exploration of citizenship education, merging sociology, philosophy, as well as education and training sciences. To do this, Global Citizenship Education: Modern Individualism under the Test of Cosmopolitanism offers a framework that integrates Durkheim's holistic approach with critical republicanism.

The book is also rooted in the analysis of data collected through GlobalSense, a research project that focuses on preparing teachers to navigate the complexities of GCE within an international context. By presenting both a theoretical reflection and an analysis of an international training program within universities, this book can be of interest to academics, teacher trainers and (future) teachers themselves.
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Sébastien Urbanski, Ph.D. (2012), Aix-Marseille University, is an associate professor at Nantes University. He has recently published a book on secularism and discrimination in school contexts, Laïcité, discriminations, racisme: Les professionnels de l'éducation à l'épreuve (with Françoise Lantheaume, Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2023).

Lucy Bell, Ph.D. (2019), Nantes University, is a postdoctoral researcher at Nantes University. She is the scientific coordinator of the GlobalSense research, funded by the European Commission and the Pays de la Loire Region.

 1 Sociology, Philosophy, and Education and Training Sciences (ETS)
 2 Holisms
 3 Collective Entities: Societies, Nations, States
 4 Comparative Education
 5 Structure of the Book

PART 1: Global Citizenship at the Crossroads of Education Sciences, Sociology, and Political Philosophy

Introduction to Part 1

1 Historical Roots and Conceptual Tensions of Global Citizenship
 1 The International Bureau of Education as a Matrix of Educational Cosmopolitanism
 2 Avenues for Conceptual Solutions in the Philosophy of Education
 3 Methodological Individualism and Moral Individualism
 4 The Social Totality in Practice
 5 Sociological Holism and Comparative Education

2 Education and Training Sciences within Social Sciences
 1 Sciences Reduced to Their Object?
 2 A Field Reduced to Its Contributory Disciplines?
 3 The Questioning of Three Disciplines
 4 Why Religion?
 5 Symmetrising Religions
 6 Political Liberalism and Critical Republicanism
 7 Disaggregating Religion

3 The Question of Citizenship in Social Sciences
 1 Collective Entities
 2 Plural Subjects and Feeling of Obligation
 3 General Will and Individual Autonomy
 4 Holism and (Global) Citizenship Education

PART 2: Global Citizenship Education: A Durkheimian Perspective

Introduction to Part 2

4 Science and Political Action
 1 Reasoning about the State
 2 Cosmopolitan Patriotism: The Political Purpose of ETS Enlightened by Durkheim
 3 GlobalSense, Research and Training in Five Countries
 4 Taking Criticisms against GCE into Account
 5 Liberal Nationalism and (Liberal) Global Citizenship
 6 GCE, a Horizon Compatible with Different Ethics
 7 Giving a Political Meaning to the Knowledge and Values Involved in ‘Educations Toward’
 8 Presentation of the Five Systems

5 Global Citizenship: A Commitment in the Search of a Theory
 1 Being a Citizen, Belonging to a Society
 2 Global Citizenship as a Type of Citizenship
 3 The Multiple Paths of Cosmopolitanism
 4 Teachers, Citizenship, the State
 5 Undertaking the Necessary Reflexivity in Research and Training
 6 Global Sense Pre-Service Teachers: Which Scale Is Pertinent to Approach Global Issues?

6 The Educator State in the Context of Globalisation
 1 Reacting to Liberal Nominalism without Giving in to Conservatism
 2 Overcoming Plain Liberalism: Yes, but How?
 3 Moral Individualism as a Collective Ideology
 4 The State at the Service of Social Thinking
 5 A Two-Fold Rawlsian Reading of Durkheim
 6 Cosmopolitanism: A Modern Ideal
 7 Escaping the Consensus Rhetoric
 8 Return of Collective Entities
 9 What Political Philosophy?
 10 Student Teachers’ Nuanced Perspectives in Global Education: Balancing Emotions and Critical Thinking across National Context

7 The Progress of Modernity: Nominalism, Conservatism, Socialism
 1 The Liberal-Nominalist Motif: Become a Competent Global Citizen!
 2 Conservative Motif: Against Cosmopolitan Abstraction, Be One with the Nation!
 3 Questioning the Citizenship Framework
 4 A Republican Interventionism Limited to the Educational Sphere


The book can be of interest to all readers, especially academics, teacher trainers and (future) teachers interested in teacher-training programs with a focus on global perspectives and inclusive education.
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