More Than Global Citizenship: How Religious Studies Expands Participation in Global Communities

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More Than Global Citizenship: How Religious Studies Expands Participation in Global Communities

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Religious Studies

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It is widely held within liberal arts discourse that pedagogies of civic engagement should prepare students for global citizenship. This chapter seeks to complicate the notion of global citizenship by considering privileges and limitations of mobility, depending on economic and political positioning within a global citizenry. Using three case studies in which students become aware of varying freedom of mobility, the authors explore the power dynamics that create these differentials, in order to raise questions about whether “global citizenship” is an adequately nuanced concept and aspiration. This chapter explores how the academic study of religion may be uniquely positioned to help students interrogate these issues, to challenge unequal power relations within global communities, and to begin to foster equitable relationships across differences of power and privilege.

Document Type

Chapter

Book Title

Teaching Civic Engagement

Edition

1st

Editors

Forrest Clingerman and Reid B. Locklin

Series Title

AAR Teaching Religious Studies

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Place of Publication

New York

Publication Date

2016

ISBN

9780190250508

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250508.003.0011

Keywords

global citizenship; study abroad; mobility; power relations; cross-cultural learning

Disciplines

Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

More Than Global Citizenship: How Religious Studies Expands Participation in Global Communities

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