Global Citizenship as Neoliberal Propaganda: A Political-Economic and Postcolonial Critique
AbstractWe make the case for a program of critical studies devoted to analyzing the features, sources, institutional carriers and uses of the concept of global citizenship as neoliberal propaganda serving to mystify young people’s understanding of their place in the world. To illustrate the analytic possibilities, we provide a case study of the concept’s use in the neoliberal Canadian university with particular reference to international service/experiential learning. In a counter-example we unpack the mutual constituting of the Cartesian subject as ideal global citizen and the Latinx undocumented migrant as its ‘other’ by describing and analyzing the existential situation of the undocumented migrant at the US/Mexican border.
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