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Global Imaginaries: re-thinking possibilities for GCE

Welply, Oakleigh

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Global Citizenship Education (GCE) is often seen as the best response to contemporary global humanitarian, social and political challenges. Yet despite this newfound popularity, GCE remains a contentious and widely debated concept. Critiques have stressed the abstract and elusive nature of the notion, its lack of concrete legal framework as well as its bias towards a Western, neoliberal and consumerist agenda, which is not devoid of colonial undertones. This paper seeks to address this latter tension by examining GCE through the lens of global imaginaries, which looks at imagination as a new social practice, capable of generating transformation and change. Building on the work of Paul Ricoeur, in particular the ideas of utopia, imagination and social imaginaries, this paper aims to offer new conceptualisations of GCE around the notion of global imaginaries, in an attempt to overcome the dichotomies that tend to underpin the concept.


Welply, O. (2019). Global Imaginaries: re-thinking possibilities for GCE. ZEP. Zeitschrift für internationale Bildungsforschung und Entwicklungspädagogik, 42(4), 27-33.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 17, 2020
Online Publication Date Feb 26, 2020
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Feb 4, 2020
Publicly Available Date Mar 20, 2020
Journal ZEP : Zeitschrift für Internationale Bildungsforschung und Entwicklungspädagogik
Print ISSN 1434-4688
Publisher Waxmann
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 4
Pages 27-33


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