Educating for Human Rights and Global Citizenship

Edited by Ali A. Abdi & Lynette Shultz

Subjects: Social Context Of Education, Human Rights, Foundations Of Education, Peace
Paperback : 9780791473740, 264 pages, January 2009
Hardcover : 9780791473733, 264 pages, March 2008

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Table of contents


1. Educating for Human Rights and Global Citizenship: An Introduction
Ali A. Abdi and Lynette Shultz

2. A Call and Response: Human Rights as a Tool of Dignity and Transformation
Hilaria Supa Huaman, Shulamith Koenig, and Lynette Shultz

3. Human Rights: Four Generations of Practice and Development
Derek G. Evans

4. Are We All Global Citizens or Are Only Some of Us Global Citizens?: The Relevance of This Question to Education
Nigel Dower

5. Caught Between Imaginaries: Global Citizenship Education and the Persistence of the Nation
George Richardson

6. De-subjecting Subject Populations: Historico-actual Problems and Educational Possibilities
Ali A. Abdi

7. The Short History of Women, Human Rights, and Global Citizenship
Ratna Ghosh

8. Re/presentation of Race and Racism in the Multicultural Discourse of Canada
Carl E. James

9. Popular Education and Human Rights: Prospects for Antihegemonic Adivasi (Original Dweller) Movements and Counterhegemonic Struggle in India
Dip Kapoor

10. Human Rights Education and Contemporary Child Slavery: Creating Child-Friendly Villages When States, Communities, and Families Fail to Protect
Lynette Shultz

11. Toward Minority Group Rights and Inclusive Citizenship for Immigrants: The Role of a Voluntary Organization in Vancouver, Canada
Shibao Guo

12. Traditional Peoples and Citizenship in the New Imperial Order
Makere Stewart-Harawira

13. Human Rights Imperialism: Third Way Education as the New Cultural Imperialism
Jerrold L. Kachur

14. Citizenship and its Exclusions: The Impact of Legal Definitions on Metis People(s) of Canada
Cora Weber-Pillwax

15. An Introduction to Librarianship for Human Rights
Toni Samek

16. Reconstructing the Legend: Educating for Global Citizenship
Graham Pike

Appendix A: Threads of My Life (Spanish Original)
Hilaria Supa Huaman

List of Contributors

Essays that highlight the role of education in bringing about inclusive citizenship and human rights norms.


Nearly sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in spite of progress on some fronts, we are in many cases as far away as ever from achieving an inclusive citizenship and human rights for all. While human rights violations continue to affect millions across the world, there are also ongoing contestations regarding citizenship. In response to these and related issues, the contributors to this book critique both historical and current practices and suggest several pragmatic options, highlighting the role of education in attaining these noble yet unachieved objectives. This book represents a welcome addition to the human rights and global citizenship literature and provides ideas for new platforms that are human rights friendly and expansively attuned toward global citizenship.

At the University of Alberta, Ali A. Abdi is Professor of Education and International Development and Lynette Shultz is Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies. Abdi is the author of Culture, Education, and Development in South Africa: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives and the coeditor (with Korbla P. Puplampu, and George J. Sefa Dei) of African Education and Globalization: Critical Perspectives.


"…this is a well-written and accessible book that takes up issues of human rights and global citizenship from diverse perspectives and challenges schools to 'achieve more inclusive, socially responsible, and pedagogically transformative spaces' (p. 8) by including these issues as part of their public purpose. The book is a major contribution to the ever-expanding categories and definitions of human rights." — Alberta Journal of Educational Research

"This well-written and accessible book provides an excellent analysis of the current issues in education for human rights and global citizenship. The historical framework is valuable, as is the direct questioning of 'global citizenship for whom?'" — Allan Pitman, University of Western Ontario