World Scouting: Educating for Global Citizenship

World Scouting: Educating for Global Citizenship


By (author) Eduard Vallory

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 20mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 22 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 1137353562
  • ISBN 13: 9781137353566
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 13 figures
  • Sales rank: 503,515

Product description

This is the very first book to look at scouting worldwide and explain in a comprehensible way the largest youth movement on the planet, with a presence in over 165 countries on 5 continents. Based on the first academic research on world scouting, it covers the history of boy and girl scouting from its origins to the present, its structure and recognition policy, and its role in developing ideas of global citizenship and belonging. Using new data and storytelling, Eduard Vallory discusses the main elements that distinguish the scout movement all over the world; explains its origin, evolution, operating system, and values; and deals with its controversies.

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Author information

Eduard Vallory is Visiting Scholar at New York University, USA after having been Director of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He was International Commissioner of Catalan Scouting.

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"Written in a very exciting style that will make you want to keep reading till the end, this book explains the main findings of a prior academic research on World Scouting that was accomplished earlier by the same author as part of his doctoral research. Using new data and a storytelling technique, the current work revisits how Scouting started, showing its informal launching and its historical evolution throughout the twentieth century. The book analyzes Scouting's structure and recognition policy, its role in developing ideas of global citizenship and belonging, and the spirit of Scouting." - World Scout Bureau "I have just finished reading Eduard Vallory's excellent new book. It is quite possibly the best discourse on World Scouting and non-formal education I have ever had the good fortune to read. He combines a forensic exploration of the Movement's roots and history with a fascinating examination of some of the thorny issues with which we all grapple today, as Scouting claims its position as the world's most influential membership organisation for young people. Vallory's style, whilst uncompromising in its academic rigour, is highly readable for a reader who normally prefers 'doing' Scouting to studying it. It is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand Scouting and its educational mission." - John May, Vice-Chairman of the World Scout Committee and the Secretary General of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award for Young People "The twenty-first century could aptly be termed the century of learning and teaching in that those will be the definitive social processes to determine the fate of humanity as we face growing environmental, political, demographic, or economic global challenges. Education has been deeply rethought around the world with greater emphasis on the long-term outcomes of education, on learning in context in order to emphasize the development of skills, of practical know how, in addition to the development of academic knowledge. There is also growing awareness of the importance of developing civic identity, character, individual agency, and responsibility. This book is a fascinating account of how the World Scout Movement has addressed these issues over the last century. In an engaging historical and sociological analysis, Vallory examines how this global movement of nonformal education wrestled with the tensions between shaping civic identity in ways that carefully negotiated the commitment and loyalty to local, national, and global communities. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding how social movements and voluntary organizations can successfully contribute to preparing our youth to develop some of the competencies that will most matter to their ability to take charge of their future." - Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education "The research which Eduard Vallory has produced is not just exceptional, it is unique, because it is the first ever written academic study on World Scouting, both in its origin, evolution, and globality. This book thus fills a great void. It should become a landmark in the 'history of education' as it demonstrates how the world's largest and oldest youth movement has contributed and still contributes to structuring the personality of yesterday's and today's youth towards a most needed local and global citizenship." - Dr. Jacques Moreillon, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (1988-2004), former Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross "This book shows that the diversity of the Scout movement makes it one of the biggest multicultural and multidenominational world networks for education and joint action with young people. In addition, Vallory also unveils how Scouting values of peace, tolerance, and solidarity shape responsible individuals into global citizens with critical thinking skills and a commitment to human rights - individuals who are willing to make a change anywhere they find injustice. Today, when the transition from a culture of imposition, violence, and war to a culture of dialogue, conciliation, and peace is more urgent than ever, the everyday behaviour guided by these values can become crucial for the emancipation of a humanity 'relieved from fear and misery', as enshrined in the Preamble of the Universal Declaration." - Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Director-General of the UNESCO (1987-1999); Chairman of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace

Table of contents

Foreword; Prof. Joseph P. Farrell Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE 1. The Precedents of World Scouting (1907-1920) 2. An Idea, a Book, and How They Came About 3. Scouting in Britain and its Spontaneous Internationalization 4. Peace and the Ideal of the League of Nations 5. The Historical Development of Scouting Worldwide 6. The Period Under the Leadership of Robert Baden-Powell 7. The Globalization of Scouting 8. Evolution of the WOSM Censuses (1924-2004) 9. Scouting in the 21st Century: Some Numbers PART II: AN IDEAL, A MOVEMENT, AN ORGANIZATION 10. Essential Characteristics of Scouting 11. Definition 12. Purpose and Principles 13. Educational Method 14. A Highly Intuitive Educational Movement 15. More a Network Movement than an Organization 16. The Educational Impact and the "Magic" of Scouting 17. How the Organization Works: Town, Country, and World 18. The Local Group and the National Association 19. When a Country Has More Than One Association 20. World Organization(s) and Global Belonging 21. The Gender Approach: WOSM and WAGGGS Separated...Forever? 22. Recognition and Belonging 23. Relevance of the Recognition Policy 24. Differentiating Between What Is and Is Not Scouting 25. Religion, Culture, Tradition: Motives for Split in Scouting PART III: "GLOCAL" CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION 26. Citizenship Education and Scouting 27. What Does to Educate Citizens Mean? 28. The Assumptions of "Citizenship" in Scouting 29. Values to Perpetuate Society versus Values to Transform Society 30. Consistency and Incoherencies in a Global Movement 31. Scouting in the USA: Controversies and Culture War 32. Spiritual Dimension and Dependence from Denominations 33. Social Values, Cultural Change, and Critical Thinking 34. Local Rooting, National Belonging, Global Commitment 35. Peace Culture, Human Rights, and Community Development 36. Legitimizing International Institutions Concluding Remarks Appendix: Countries and territories with Associations Belonging to World Scouting