An Introduction to Global Citizenship

An Introduction to Global Citizenship

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In this short textbook introduction to the idea of Global Citizenship, Nigel Dower examines the arguments from ethical, social and political theory for and against the view that we are global citizens. The discussion is set in its historical context but the main emphasis is on the idea of global citizenship as a cultural process, and its application in the modern world. The book is divided into three parts - the Framework, which explores the historical context and the ethical and institutional aspects of the concept of global citizenship; Applications, covering key areas of current global concern, including the environment, aid and poverty elimination, human rights, peace, and global governance; and Theoretical Issues, which explores the arguments for and against global citizenship in more depth.Key Features: * Includes a glossary of key terms * Covers ethical, social and political theory * Includes chapters on the environment, aid and poverty, human rights, peace, and global governance * Addresses key issues in contemporary political and international studies * Places issues surrounding September 11th in context of Global Citizenship * Covers role of the UN; anti-globalisation campaigns (e. g. in Genoa); corporate global citizenship; Oxfam; Amnesty International; Jubilee 2000 Assuming no prior knowledge of the area, this is an ideal introduction for anyone interested in the idea of global citizenship.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 153.4 x 244.3 x 16.5mm | 421.85g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • glossary
  • 0748614699
  • 9780748614691

Table of contents

Foreword; Preface; Glossary; Part I: The Framework; 1. Introduction; 2. Global Perspectives and Problems: the need for a Global Ethic; 3. Citizenship in a Globalised World; Part II: Examples and Areas of Interest; 4. Human Rights; 5. Peace and security; 6. Development and the Environment; 7. The United Nations and Global Governance; Part III: Theoretical Issues; 8. Critique of the Global; 9. Global Citizenship in the World? - Present Realities and Future Prospects; Appendix 1: Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Appendix 2: The Earth Charter; Bibliography; Index.show more

About Nigel Dower

Nigel Dower is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. Publications include Ethics and Environmental Responsibility (Gower Publishing, 1989) and World Ethics: The New Agenda (1998). He is editor of the series Edinburgh Studies in World Ethics.show more

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In this short and stimulating book, [Dower] sets out an analytic and empirical framework for thinking crtitically about global citizenship ... This is a well-balanced book written with admirable clarity. It does an excellent job of outlining the debates surrounding the idea of global citizenship. Nigel Dower's immensely readable and stimulating book makes a unique contribution to the growing debate on the theory and practice of global citizenship. He challenges us to critically reassess what global citizenship means and why a clear understanding of it is so important in our increasingly globalised society. Everyone with an active commitment to a more just and sustainable world should read it. The concept of global citizenship has become one of the most important ideas of our time. In this well crafted introduction, Nigel Dower lays out the core issues and challenges. He steers us clearly through the maze of debates and lays out the ground that we all need to engage with as a result of living in a more global age. -- Professor David Held, LSE A clearly written, easily accessible and morally sensitive account of the nature, grounds and institutional implications of the spirit of global citizenship that is essential in our increasingly interdependent world. -- Professor Bhikhu Parekh, University of Hull Dower writes with extraordinary clarity, fairly engages a wide range of objections to his views, and stimulates the students' own thinking on the issues that Dower identifies and tries to resolve. In this short and stimulating book, [Dower] sets out an analytic and empirical framework for thinking crtitically about global citizenship ... This is a well-balanced book written with admirable clarity. It does an excellent job of outlining the debates surrounding the idea of global citizenship. Nigel Dower's immensely readable and stimulating book makes a unique contribution to the growing debate on the theory and practice of global citizenship. He challenges us to critically reassess what global citizenship means and why a clear understanding of it is so important in our increasingly globalised society. Everyone with an active commitment to a more just and sustainable world should read it. The concept of global citizenship has become one of the most important ideas of our time. In this well crafted introduction, Nigel Dower lays out the core issues and challenges. He steers us clearly through the maze of debates and lays out the ground that we all need to engage with as a result of living in a more global age. A clearly written, easily accessible and morally sensitive account of the nature, grounds and institutional implications of the spirit of global citizenship that is essential in our increasingly interdependent world. Dower writes with extraordinary clarity, fairly engages a wide range of objections to his views, and stimulates the students' own thinking on the issues that Dower identifies and tries to resolve.show more

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