Taming cosmopolitanism: the limits of national and neoliberal civic education in two global cities

Mark Baildon, Theresa Alviar-Martin

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Abstract

This paper analyzes global education policy and curricular documents in Singapore and Hong Kong. Using a discursive approach, we characterize curricular aims through various cosmopolitan perspectives. We posit that although touted as Asian global cities, Singapore and Hong Kong are cases where neoliberal and nation-centric educational agendas have effectively rebranded cosmopolitanism and tamed its transformative potential. To develop this argument, we review theories and critiques of cosmopolitan forms of global citizenship education deemed necessary to prepare young people for complex global social conditions. We discuss cosmopolitan principles on identity, values, and deliberation and draw on critical cosmopolitanism and Asian forms of cosmopolitanism to provide a discursive framework for analyzing curricular intentions in the two cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-111
Number of pages14
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Education
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • civic education
  • comparative case study method
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • discourse analysis
  • global citizenship education
  • Global education
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • social studies education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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