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Cosmopolitanism and the Age of School Reform Science, Education, and Making Society by Making the Child

01 Jan 2012-Vol. 1, Iss: 2
About: The article was published on 2012-01-01 and is currently open access. It has received 205 citations till now. The article focuses on the topics: Science education & Cosmopolitanism.
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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors identify and map from the literature the diverse conceptions of Global Citizenship (hereafter GC) and identify two general forms of GC: cosmopolitan-based and advocacy-based.
Abstract: The promotion of ‘Global Citizenship’ (hereafter GC) has emerged as a goal of schooling in many countries, symbolising a shift away from national towards more global conceptions of citizenship. It currently incorporates a proliferation of approaches and terminologies, mirroring both the diverse conceptions of its nature and the socio-politico contexts within which it is appropriated. This paper seeks to clarify this ambiguity by identifying and mapping from the literature the diverse conceptions of GC. We construct a typology to map this diversity and identify two general forms of GC: cosmopolitan-based and advocacy-based. The former incorporates four distinct conceptions of GC, namely the political, moral, economic and cultural; the latter incorporates four other conceptions, namely the social, critical, environmental and spiritual. Subsequently, we briefly illustrate how the typology can be used to evaluate the critical features of a curriculum plan designed to promote GC in England. The typology provides a novel and powerful means to identify and distinguish the key features of the very diverse range of educational policies and programmes that promote GC.

318 citations


Cites background from "Cosmopolitanism and the Age of Scho..."

  • ...…from Ancient Greek ideas of universality, where the ‘cosmos’ (universe/world) is one’s ‘city’ (living place/community) – has seen a resurgence in popularity, especially following its usage by Nussbaum (1996), Appiah (2006) and, in the education field, Popkewitz (2008) and Osler and Starkey (2008)....

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TL;DR: In this paper, a discourse analysis is performed inspired by the concepts of governmentality and the enabling state, where the individual is constructed as responsible for her/his own employability, and the state and the employer are construed as enablers.
Abstract: In the last couple of decades, there has been a shift from speaking about employment to speaking about employability. The interest in this article is directed at how discourses on employability are mobilized in the wider discursive terrain of governance. How does governance operate, what subject is produced and, more specifically, who is positioned as responsible for the employability of the citizen through such discourses? These questions are addressed by analysing three different kinds of texts: transnational policy documents on lifelong learning and the labour market; a Swedish policy text on in-service training in the health care sector; interviews with employees at six nursing homes for elderly people. A discourse analysis is performed inspired by the concepts of governmentality and the enabling state. Although the analysis indicate that the individual is constructed as responsible for her/his own employability, and the state and the employer are construed as enablers. This is not clear-cut or deterministic as different kinds of texts produce different kinds of positioning. This kind of analysis might help open up a new space for thought and action.

140 citations


Cites background from "Cosmopolitanism and the Age of Scho..."

  • ...In a second line of argument, the analysis carried out in this article might open up a new space for thought and action (cf. Popkewitz 2008)....

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  • ...By asking such questions, the ambition is to denaturalise discourses on employability, and illustrate how there are different ways to construe such discourses and thus different ways possible to produce subjects (cf. Popkewitz 2008)....

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TL;DR: The authors presents a decennial follow-up to the Space and Polity 2003 Special Issue ‘Political geographies of children and young people’, edited by Chris Philo and Fiona M. Smith.
Abstract: This Special Issue presents a decennial follow-up to the Space and Polity 2003 Special Issue ‘Political geographies of children and young people’, edited by Chris Philo and Fiona M. Smith. The foll...

115 citations


Cites background from "Cosmopolitanism and the Age of Scho..."

  • ...…been interested in how children and youth are enmeshed with societal power relations in the politics of culture, educational politics, geo-economic developments, transnational conflicts, etc. (for example, Ploszajska, 1994; Mitchell, 2006; Vandenbroeck and Bouverne-de Bie, 2006; Popkewitz, 2008)....

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors explore some of the political and methodological challenges involved in research in rural education, and outline the situation in Australia regarding the relationship between rural education and education research.
Abstract: This paper explores some of the political and methodological challenges involved in researching rural education. It begins by outlining the situation in Australia regarding the relationship between...

113 citations


Cites background from "Cosmopolitanism and the Age of Scho..."

  • ...In this paper, we argue that these privileged social groups are inherently metropolitan in their orientation and value a “cosmopolitan” form of education (Popkewitz, 2008)....

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors explore children's worlds as potential fields of political action and propose a theoretical basis for recognising the political aspects of children's agency and studying political geographies embedded in children's lived worlds.
Abstract: This paper sets out to explore children's worlds as potential fields of political action. Children are approached as competent political agents whose mundane lives are permeated by politics in which they have their own positions and roles. The paper discusses how children can be found to act politically in their everyday lives and, to some extent, also practice their own political geographies. The main objective is to propose a theoretical basis for recognising the political aspects of children's agency and studying political geographies embedded in children's lived worlds.

106 citations


Cites background from "Cosmopolitanism and the Age of Scho..."

  • ...These theorisations have been adopted in the study of certain politics of childhood, yet rarely by political geographers or theorists (for example, Ploszajska, 1994; Gagen, 2004; Vandenbroeck and Bouverne de Bie, 2006; Popkewitz, 2008)....

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References
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Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors identify and map from the literature the diverse conceptions of Global Citizenship (hereafter GC) and identify two general forms of GC: cosmopolitan-based and advocacy-based.
Abstract: The promotion of ‘Global Citizenship’ (hereafter GC) has emerged as a goal of schooling in many countries, symbolising a shift away from national towards more global conceptions of citizenship. It currently incorporates a proliferation of approaches and terminologies, mirroring both the diverse conceptions of its nature and the socio-politico contexts within which it is appropriated. This paper seeks to clarify this ambiguity by identifying and mapping from the literature the diverse conceptions of GC. We construct a typology to map this diversity and identify two general forms of GC: cosmopolitan-based and advocacy-based. The former incorporates four distinct conceptions of GC, namely the political, moral, economic and cultural; the latter incorporates four other conceptions, namely the social, critical, environmental and spiritual. Subsequently, we briefly illustrate how the typology can be used to evaluate the critical features of a curriculum plan designed to promote GC in England. The typology provides a novel and powerful means to identify and distinguish the key features of the very diverse range of educational policies and programmes that promote GC.

318 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: In this paper, a discourse analysis is performed inspired by the concepts of governmentality and the enabling state, where the individual is constructed as responsible for her/his own employability, and the state and the employer are construed as enablers.
Abstract: In the last couple of decades, there has been a shift from speaking about employment to speaking about employability. The interest in this article is directed at how discourses on employability are mobilized in the wider discursive terrain of governance. How does governance operate, what subject is produced and, more specifically, who is positioned as responsible for the employability of the citizen through such discourses? These questions are addressed by analysing three different kinds of texts: transnational policy documents on lifelong learning and the labour market; a Swedish policy text on in-service training in the health care sector; interviews with employees at six nursing homes for elderly people. A discourse analysis is performed inspired by the concepts of governmentality and the enabling state. Although the analysis indicate that the individual is constructed as responsible for her/his own employability, and the state and the employer are construed as enablers. This is not clear-cut or deterministic as different kinds of texts produce different kinds of positioning. This kind of analysis might help open up a new space for thought and action.

140 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: The authors presents a decennial follow-up to the Space and Polity 2003 Special Issue ‘Political geographies of children and young people’, edited by Chris Philo and Fiona M. Smith.
Abstract: This Special Issue presents a decennial follow-up to the Space and Polity 2003 Special Issue ‘Political geographies of children and young people’, edited by Chris Philo and Fiona M. Smith. The foll...

115 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: In this article, the authors explore some of the political and methodological challenges involved in research in rural education, and outline the situation in Australia regarding the relationship between rural education and education research.
Abstract: This paper explores some of the political and methodological challenges involved in researching rural education. It begins by outlining the situation in Australia regarding the relationship between...

113 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors explore children's worlds as potential fields of political action and propose a theoretical basis for recognising the political aspects of children's agency and studying political geographies embedded in children's lived worlds.
Abstract: This paper sets out to explore children's worlds as potential fields of political action. Children are approached as competent political agents whose mundane lives are permeated by politics in which they have their own positions and roles. The paper discusses how children can be found to act politically in their everyday lives and, to some extent, also practice their own political geographies. The main objective is to propose a theoretical basis for recognising the political aspects of children's agency and studying political geographies embedded in children's lived worlds.

106 citations