Decolonizing Global Citizenship Education

  • Ali A. Abdi
  • Lynette Shultz
  • Thashika Pillay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ali A. Abdi, Lynette Shultz, Thashika Pillay
    Pages 1-9
  3. Tram Truong Anh Nguyen
    Pages 39-55
  4. Cathryn Van Kessel, Kent Den Heyer
    Pages 57-67
  5. Adeela Arshad-Ayaz, M. Ayaz Naseem
    Pages 81-94
  6. Lynette Shultz
    Pages 107-117
  7. Chouaib El Bouhali
    Pages 119-129
  8. Wisam Abdul-Jabbar
    Pages 131-140
  9. Donna M. Chovanec, Naomi Gordon, Misty Underwood, Saima Butt, Ruby Smith Díaz
    Pages 157-172
  10. Vessela Balinska-Ourdeva
    Pages 179-188
  11. Vanessa De Oliveira Andreotti
    Pages 221-228
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 231-242

About this book


The ideas for this reader came out of a conference organized through the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER) at the University of Alberta in 2013. With the high expansion of global citizenship education scholarship in the past 15 or so years, and with most of this scholarship produced in the west and mostly focused on the citizenship lives of people in the so-called developing world, or selectively attempting to explain the contexts of marginalized populations in the west, the need for multidirectional and decolonizing knowledge and research perspectives should be clear. Indeed, the discursive as well as the practical constructions of current global citizenship education research cannot fulfill the general promise of learning and teaching programs as social development platforms unless the voices of all concerned are heard and validated. With these realities, this reader is topically comprehensive and timely, and should constitute an important intervention in our efforts to create and sustain more inclusive and liberating platforms of knowledge and learning. “This collection of cutting-edge theoretical contributions examines citizenship and neo-liberal globalization and their impacts on the nexus of the local and global learning, production of knowledge, and movements of people and their rights. Case studies in the collection also provide in-depth analysis of lived experiences that challenge the constructed borders, which derive from colonial and imperial re-structuring of the contemporary world and nation-states. The contributors articulate agency in terms of both resistance and proactive engagement toward the construction of an alternative world, which acknowledges equality, justice and common humanity of all in symbiosis with the social and natural environment. It is a valuable reader for students, scholars, practitioners, and activists interested in the empowering possibilities of decolonized global citizenship education.” – N’Dr


education global citizenship decolonization knowledge systems social justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Ali A. Abdi
    • 1
  • Lynette Shultz
    • 2
  • Thashika Pillay
    • 3
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaCanada
  2. 2.University of AlbertaCanada
  3. 3.University of AlbertaCanada

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