1st Edition

The Global Citizenship Nexus Critical Studies

Edited By Debra Chapman, Tania Ruiz-Chapman, Peter Eglin Copyright 2020
    284 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the spirit of Ivan Illich’s 1968 speech ‘To hell with good intentions’, the book takes aim at a ubiquitous form of contemporary ideology, namely the concept of global citizenship.

    Its characteristic discourse can be found inhabiting a nexus of four complexes of ‘ruling’ institutions, namely universities with their international service learning, the United Nations and allied international institutions bent on global citizenship education, international non-governmental organizations and foundations promoting social entrepreneurship, and global corporations and their mouthpieces pitching corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. The question is: in the context of Northern or Western imperialism and US-led, neoliberal, global, corporate capitalism, and the planetary Armageddon they are wringing, what is the concept of global citizenship doing for these institutions? The studies in the book put this question to each of these four institutional complexes from broadly political-economic and post-colonial premises, focusing on the concept’s discursive use, against the background of the mounting production of the global non-citizen as the global citizen’s ‘other’.

    Addressed to all users of the concept of global citizen(ship) from university students and faculty in global studies to social entrepreneurs and United Nations bureaucrats, the book’s studies ultimately ask whether the idea helps or hinders the global quest for social and economic justice.

    Part I: Stance and Origin

    1. Introduction

    Peter Eglin

    2. Global Citizenship Education and The Making of America’s Neoliberal Empire

    Talya Zemach-Bersin

    Part II: Borders and Global Non-Citizenship

    3. The Cartesian Subject as Global Citizen, the Migrant as Non-human: Humanity, Subjectivity and Citizenship at the U.S.-Mexican Border

    Tania Ruiz-Chapman

    4. Global Capitalism, Immanent Borders, and Corporeal Citizenship

    Charles T. Lee

    Part III: Global Citizenship and the Universities

    5. Global Citizenship in the Neoliberal Canadian University

    Debra D. Chapman

    6. Global Citizenship Education and its Discontents, from the Global North to the Global South

    Polina Golovátina-Mora, Susan Harper, Jessica Smartt Gullion, Athina Karatzogianni and Tracy Simmons

    Part IV: Global Citizenship and the International Institutions

    7. Global Citizenship and Neo-Republicanism? Problematising the ‘Neoliberal Subjectivities’ Critique

    April Biccum

    8. International Policy Influencers and their Agendas on Global Citizenship: A Critical Analysis of OECD and UNESCO Discourses

    Francisca Costa and Pedro Ponte e Sousa

    Part V: Global Citizenship and the Benevolent Actors

    9. Benevolence, Global Citizenship, and Post-Racial Politics

    David Jefferess

    10. The Social Entrepreneur as Global Citizen: A Critical Appraisal of a Theory of Social Change

    John Abraham

    Part VI: Global Citizenship and the Multi/Trans-National Corporations

    11. Constructing ‘Progressive Neoliberal’ Citizens: The Political Economy of Corporate Global Imaginaries

    Kevin Funk

    12. The Empire of ‘Global Civil Society’: Corporations, NGOs, and International Development

    Kyle Bailey


    Debra D. Chapman is a professor teaching in of Global Studies, Political Science and North American Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has authored The struggle for Mexico: state corporatism and popular opposition (2012).

    Tania Ruiz-Chapman is a PhD candidate in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

    Peter Eglin is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University. His publications include The Montreal massacre: a story of membership categorization analysis (2003) and A sociology of crime (2nd edn., 2017), both with Stephen Hester.