© 2018

The Palgrave Handbook of Global Citizenship and Education

  • Ian Davies
  • Li-Ching Ho
  • Dina Kiwan
  • Carla L. Peck
  • Andrew Peterson
  • Edda Sant
  • Yusef Waghid

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Geographically-Based Overviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrew Peterson, Andrea Milligan, Bronwyn E. Wood
      Pages 3-20
    3. Alistair Ross, Ian Davies
      Pages 21-36
    4. Dina Kiwan
      Pages 37-50
    5. Carla L. Peck, Karen Pashby
      Pages 51-65
    6. Edda Sant, Gustavo González Valencia
      Pages 67-82
  3. Ideologies

  4. Key Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Edda Sant, Sue Lewis, Sandra Delgado, E Wayne Ross
      Pages 227-243

About this book


This Handbook is a much needed international reference work, written by leading writers in the field of global citizenship and education. It is based on the most recent research and practice from across the world, with the 'Geographically-Based Overviews' section providing summaries of global citizenship and education provided for Southern Africa, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, Latin America, and East and South East Asia.
The Handbook discusses, in the 'Key Ideologies' section, the philosophies that influence the meaning of global citizenship and education, including neo-liberalism and global capitalism; nationalism and internationalism; and issues of post-colonialism, indigeneity, and transnationalism. Next, the 'Key Concepts' section explores the ideas that underpin debates about global citizenship and education, with particular attention paid to issues of justice, equity, diversity, identity, and sustainable development. With these key concepts in place, the 'Principal Perspectives and Contexts' section turns to exploring global citizenship and education from a wide variety of viewpoints, including economic, political, cultural, moral, environmental, spiritual and religious, as well as taking into consideration issues of ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social class. Finally, the 'Key Issues in the Teaching of Global Citizenship' section discusses how education can be provided through school subjects and study abroad programmes, as well as through other means including social media and online assessment, and political activism.

This Handbook will be vital reading for academics, postgraduates and advanced undergraduates in the fields of sociology and education, particularly those with an interest in comparative studies.


comparative education education citizenship global neoliberal capitalism diversity activism social justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Davies
    • 1
  • Li-Ching Ho
    • 2
  • Dina Kiwan
    • 3
  • Carla L. Peck
    • 4
  • Andrew Peterson
    • 5
  • Edda Sant
    • 6
  • Yusef Waghid
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Education and Social Justice, School of EducationUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Department of Elementary EducationUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  5. 5.Faculty of EducationCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUnited Kingdom
  6. 6.Faculty of EducationManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUnited Kingdom
  7. 7.Department of Education Policy Studies, Faculty of EducationStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

About the editors

Ian Davies is Professor of Education at the University of York, UK.

Li-Ching Ho is Assistant Professor of Social Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Dina Kiwan is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Carla L. Peck is Associate Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Andrew Peterson is Professor of Civic and Moral Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

Edda Sant is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Yusef Waghid is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Education at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Bibliographic information


“This Handbook provides a state-of-the-art investigation of the complicated issues and multi-faceted concepts of global citizenship, going beyond the geographical confines in defining or re-defining global citizenship. It covers a host of concepts such as globalism, nationalism, internationalism, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, post-colonialism and indigenousness and indigeneity; based upon the core universal values, such as justice, equity, diversity, identity and belongingness and sustainable development; and multidisciplinary perspectives such as economics, politics, culture, morality, environment, spirituality, ethnicity, gender, migration and social class. The concept of citizenship has long been dominated by nation-state perspectives; this Handbook can be regarded as a post-nation-state examination of the topic.” (Wing On Lee, Vice-President and Chair Professor of Comparative Education at the Open University of Hong Kong)

“This is an impressive collection of cutting-edge contributions to the idea and lived experiences pertaining to global citizenship and education.  The contributors offer their authoritative insight on national, sub-regional and regional case studies from across the globe, the ideological and conceptual frameworks for the discourse, the spectrum of perspectives and contexts and the guiding questions of critical importance in teaching and learning about global citizenship. This is a timely book of major significance for several academic fields, especially education and its sub-fields dealing with comparative and international education. Beyond specific fields, the entire volume will be of great value to students, scholars, practitioners, and activists engaged in transformative movements in post-Westphalian nation-states amidst the global world of the contemporary era.” (N’Dri T. Assié-Lumumba, Professor of African and Diaspora Education, Cornell University, USA)

“Handbooks are helpful in mapping a terrain, and require finding authors who can reflect on their own experience and their region of reference as much as their favorite theoretical frameworks. This Handbook on global citizenship is a much welcome contribution because there is a dearth of analysis despite the burgeoning bibliography on the topic emerging since 2012 at least. The topics chosen are relevant, and the writing is consistent. No Handbook can be comprehensive, yet the editors accepting this principle, have collected excellent chapters from solid researchers, making this Handbook a must to read in the field of global citizenship education.” (Carlos Alberto Torres, Distinguished Professor of Education and UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, UCLA, USA)