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Global Citizenship Education and the Crises of Multiculturalism

Global Citizenship Education and the Crises of Multiculturalism: Comparative Perspectives

by Massimiliano Tarozzi

Massimiliano Tarozzi is Associate Professor in Education at the Department Life Quality Studies, University of Bologna, Italy, and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. He is the editor of Encyclopaideia: Journal of Phenomenology and Education and Chair of the institution governing educational services in Bologna, Italy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Carlos Alberto Torres

Carlos Alberto Torres is Distinguished Professor of Education, UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, and Director of the Paulo Freire Institute at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. He is President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, Founding Director of the Paulo Freire Institutes in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and at UCLA, and Past President of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474236003
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-3600-3 (online)

    978-1-4742-3597-6 (hardback)

    978-1-4742-3598-3 (epdf)

    978-1-4742-3599-0 (epub)

    978-1-4742-3596-9 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    First published
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2019
Global Citizenship Education and the Crises of Multiculturalism
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The notion of global citizenship education (GCE) has emerged in the international education discourse in the context of the United Nations Education First Initiative that cites developing global citizens as one of its goals. In this book, the authors argue that GCE offers a new educational perspective for making sense of the existing dilemmas of multiculturalism and national citizenship deficits in diverse societies, taking into account equality, human rights and social justice.

The authors explore how teaching and research may be implemented relating to the notion of global citizenship and discuss the intersections between the framework of GCE and multiculturalism. They address the three main topics which affect education in multicultural societies and in a globalized world, and which represent unsolved dilemmas: the issue of diversity in relation to creating citizens, the issue of equality and social justice in democratic societies, and the tension between the global and the local in a globalized world.

Through a comparative study of the two prevailing approaches – intercultural education within the European Union and multicultural education in the United States – the authors seek what can be learned from each model. Global Citizenship Education and the Crises of Multiculturalism offers not only a unifying theoretical framework but also a set of policy recommendations aiming to link the two approaches.